Cougars girls' teamwork ends Falcons' streak

October 03, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Notebook Coach Melissa Page said her Chesapeake field hockey team "might not be the best talent-wise that we have had, but team-wise, there has been none better" in her five years.

"This group has really bought into the team concept," she said. "And this team has a ton of heart and always seems to turn it up in the last 10 minutes."

The team concept showed Thursday when No. 5 Chesapeake defeated then-No. 1 Severna Park, 2-1, in overtime on the road.

Chesapeake (6-1, 4-1 county league) ended the Falcons' 38-game unbeaten streak.

"We didn't really talk about their streak before the game, but we did after," said Page, a former Severna Park standout who played on state championship teams under veteran coach Lil Shelton. "I told them that ... we beat them in 2005 to break a similar streak."

Taylor Petrisko fed Darah Lamarsh the game-winner with 43 seconds left in the seven-on-seven overtime to give the Cougars the victory. Emalea Fraser's goal with four minutes left in regulation for Chesapeake forced the extra session. Julie Gardner had scored in the first half for the Falcons (6-1, 4-1).

Goalie Stephanie Thomson (12 saves) and defenders Jessica Crane and Nikki Rice held off the Falcons. And senior attack Lauren Gottleib was all over the field drawing attention.

As a result of the win, the Cougars established themselves as a fourth contender in the crowded county and Class 4A East regional races.

Chesapeake and Severna Park began this week tied for second with Broadneck at 4-1. South River (7-0) leads the pack at 5-0 and is the only team to beat Chesapeake this season.

"If we keep winning, we will have to wait until the last regular season game on Oct. 18, when South River plays at Severna Park, to determine who plays in the county championship [Oct. 22 at Southern], and what the final seedings will be for the regional," Page said.

Quick hits

Quarterback Nick Elko had another huge game for No. 5 Arundel (4-0) in its 45-34 win over Southern. Elko completed 20 of 31 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns (two in the last quarter), had a 2-yard touchdown run and kicked five extra points and a 32-yard field goal. ... Old Mill's defense sacked South River quarterback Bobby Cooper five times and intercepted him five times in a 41-7 romp. ... Evan Hockel ran for 156 yards and two scores to lead No. 12 Archbishop Spalding to its third straight win, 20-7, at Cardinal Gibbons. ... Dontra Peters rolled up 224 yards and four touchdowns rushing in St. Mary's 56-14 rout of Boys' Latin. ... Former Duke star and current Blue Devils assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, will speak at the Leadership Through Athletics Coaching Clinic on Saturday at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road. For information, call 410-737-2117 or visit leadershipthroughathletics.org.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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