Locals help Team Md. field hockey win 1st pool

Young wrestlers make mark quickly for Gaels


December 06, 2006|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Since Team Maryland began playing at the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Hockey Festival in the mid-1990s, no team had ever won its pool - until this fall.

The Team Maryland Breakers, comprising high school players from the metro area and the Eastern Shore, went 5-1 to come out on top of their Under-19 pool at the annual festival over Thanksgiving weekend in Indio, Calif.

The Breakers scored 10 goals and allowed only one, thanks to fine defense from Kaitlin Boarman and Liz Tollett (Chesapeake-AA), Tara Williams (Dulaney), Katie Fost (Pocomoke) and goalies Stephanie Thompson (Chesapeake-AA) and Jenna Norris (Dulaney).

In their final game of the tournament, which features only pool play for the 140 teams in the Under-19 bracket, the St. Mary's duo of Becca Devlin and Bridget Hirsch connected with five seconds left to clinch the pool championship. Devlin's second goal of the tournament gave the Breakers a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame (Pa.).

Kandice Hancock (Washington, Somerset County) led the offense with two goals and three assists, and Jen Lozier (Hammond), Devlin, Hirsch and Caitlin James (Maryvale) combined for six goals and three assists.

The Breakers team, coached by Karen Masoner (Dulaney) and Monica Napier (North County), also had Joanne Reid (River Hill), Phoebe McCarthy (Bryn Mawr), Katie DeFilippo (South Carroll), Megan Maier (Winters Mill), Shannon Rainey (Archbishop Spalding) and Courtney Webster (Washington).

Young Gaels triumph

If Mount St. Joseph wrestling coach Kirk Salvo wasn't positive that his youthful squad could hold its own against any rival in Maryland entering last weekend's season-opening tournament in Fort Washington, Pa., the second-year coach certainly knows it now.

Despite having a squad whose lineup includes only three seniors, the fifth-ranked Gaels won six individual titles and placed 11 of 14 wrestlers in the top three of their weight classes to capture the overall crown in a 16-team event at Germantown Academy.

Seniors Jake Bohn (189 pounds), an All-Metro first-team pick, and Austin Clouse (112), a second-team All-Metro selection, led the way by winning their weight classes, but freshmen Frank Goodwin (103) and Benny Schaufele as well as sophomores Danny Orem (125) and Dallas Brown (171) also won titles.

"I wasn't really surprised what we did. I've seen enough of what we have in terms of talent in the rooms. But you never know when the whistle blows in an official match how kids will respond," Salvo said. "Everybody was challenged, and I like how they responded. The youngsters stepped it up. I liked the competitive fire that I saw in them."

Runners-up were freshman Bobby Bowman (140), juniors Kevin Bohlman (135) and Will Selba (145) and senior Chris King (160), with freshman Matt Mullett (152) finishing third.



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