Centennial field hockey tops in county

Win at Glenelg comes in coach's final year

Fall sports

October 23, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Centennial senior forward Lindsey Norris hasn't kept track of how many goals she has scored in this field hockey season, but she'll be sure to remember the one she scored in yesterday's Howard County championship game at No. 10 Glenelg.

Finding the ball at her feet around the post area with 1:57 left in the second half, Norris tapped it home to send the No. 14 Eagles to a 2-1 upset win over the Gladiators, who went into the game undefeated in county play this season and enjoyed a comfortable 7-4 win over their rivals two weeks ago.

The county championship was especially enjoyable for Centennial's longtime coach Gail Purcell, who will step down after 31 season with the program at the end of the playoffs.

"It's my final year coaching, so this is probably the sweetest county championship we've ever won," Purcell said. "The girls gave me 110 percent - they knew coming out they were going to have to put together a whole game, and I think they did that."

The Eagles (12-2) did a better job of marking on defense and got a fine 10-save performance from junior goalie Liz Snyder to avenge their regular-season loss to the Gladiators. They also avenged last year's championship game loss to Glenelg, which went to Centennial last season as underdogs and got a 3-2 upset overtime win.

While avenging the loss was a big factor, Norris said winning one for Purcell was the biggest incentive.

"It's an honor for us seniors to be the graduating class she goes out with, so we definitely took it to heart and wanted to give something back to her with everything she has done for the program," Norris said. "We pretty much won it for her."


Bel Air's Brandon Powers is tied for first place after yesterday's first day of competition at the state golf tournament in College Park.

Powers shot a 1-under-par 70 to tie with Churchill's Peter Johns. Four players are tied for second, one shot behind.

Liz Silbernagle of Fallston is second on the girls' side after shooting a 3-over 75. She is three shots behind leader Caroline Sweet of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Churchill leads the close team competition. The Montgomery County school finished at 300, one stroke ahead of Whitman and two in front of La Plata. Arundel is fourth at 309.

The Class 4A-3A schools played yesterday, with the Class 2A-1A teams going today at College Park. Those who make the cut in all four classes will play the final 18 holes tomorrow.

Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.


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