Pikesville's run ends with semifinal loss

Pocomoke 7 Pikesville 0

Field hockey

November 07, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

Erica Henderson had a hat trick and an assist as Worcester County power Pocomoke ran over Pikesville, 7-0, in last night's Class 1A state field hockey semifinal at South River in Edgewater.

Henderson scored her third goal with just under a minute to play to cap the scoring by the Warriors (12-3). Pocomoke had a 5-0 lead by the half to invoke a running clock.

Pocomoke will go after its sixth straight state title and 15th overall Monday at the University of Maryland at College Park against Rising Sun in a rematch of last year's final won, 1-0, by Pocomoke.

Rising Sun edged Poolesville, 1-0, on a goal by Caitlin Gibb, in last night's second 1A semifinal.

Only top-ranked, Class 3A Severna Park has won 15 state titles.

"We knew we were up against a perennial powerhouse," said first-year coach Holly Talbert, who led the Panthers (6-9) to their first state tournament since 1994. "Of course, it's disappointing to lose like this, but I'm proud of my girls for the way they played in the second half."

Talbert praised junior goalie Ruthanne Salisbury for making 13 saves. And the coach credited defender Tracey Hankoff and midfielders Alissa Gulin and Morgan Appel for their defensive efforts in the second half in holding the Warriors to two goals in the last 30 minutes.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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