field hockey: today's state title matches

November 08, 2008|By Katherine Dunn

CLASS 1A

NO. 9 GLENELG (14-2-1)

VS. POCOMOKE (15-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 11 a.m., Washington College, Chestertown

OUTLOOK: The Gladiators rolled into the final with a 6-0 semifinal win over first-year program Patterson Mill, but the competition gets a lot tougher now. Pocomoke, from the Eastern Shore, is looking for its 16th Class 1A title and its sixth in a row. If the Warriors win, they will own half the 1A titles contested since the tournament went to four classes in 1977. To win their first state title in their fourth trip to the final, the Gladiators likely will need a big game from G Courtney Knill. On attack, they have speed and balance with Lauriann Parker (18 goals, 23 assists), Alyssa Parker (13, 9) and Julie Corona (14, 4). The Warriors have posted 12 shutouts and allowed just four goals all season, one in the 3-1 semifinal win over Kent County. Taylor West (20, 13) and Annah Brittingham (19, 6) lead the Warriors' offense.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Pocomoke

CLASS 2A

NO. 11 WINTERS MILL (13-3)

VS. KENT ISLAND (17-0-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 1:30 p.m., Washington College, Chestertown

OUTLOOK: This might be the most competitive classification in this year's tournament, with Winters Mill advancing in a state semifinal shootout and Kent Island nipping Patuxent, 1-0, in its semifinal. Neither finalist has a long tournament history, with both debuting in 2006. Each is after its first crown. However, the Buccaneers seem to have the edge based on their stingy defense. G Taylor Flynn anchors a unit that has allowed just one goal all season. The Bucs were impressive early on at Broadneck's tournament, where they tied the No. 4 Bruins. Their top two scorers, F Ali McIntosh and F Madi Wilt, have combined for 44 goals - almost as many as Winters Mill's 49 for the season. The Falcons' game spins around M Katie Jones (13 goals, 4 assists), with F Kara Zawacki (12, 3) and F Kelly Spieker (8, 8) also in on a balanced attack.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Kent Island

CLASS 3A

NO. 2 FALLSTON (18-1)

VS. ATHOLTON (14-3)

WHEN, WHERE: 4 p.m., Washington College, Chestertown

OUTLOOK: This final features a clash of veteran vs. newcomer. Atholton is in the title game for only the second time in school history. Since the Raiders were here last, in 1980, Fallston has made 15 trips to the final and won 10 titles. The Cougars have won 16 straight games since falling to No. 1 Severna Park eight weeks ago. The Raiders started 6-0 before dropping a couple of overtime games, but they have gone 8-1 since. Much of the Cougars' game revolves around stellar All-Metro F Lindsey Puckett (10 goals, 13 assists), but Fallston has a balanced attack with at least six players who can score, including F Caitlin Dempsey (6, 14) and M Krissy Fusco (9, 2). The Raiders, however, are a veteran team looking for the big upset, led by F Kim Markovitz (18, 4), who scored both goals in the semifinal win over Great Mills, and M Kelly Brown.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Fallston

CLASS 4A

NO. 1 SEVERNA PARK (18-1)

VS. QUINCE ORCHARD (13-3)

WHEN, WHERE: 6:30 p.m., Washington College, Chestertown

OUTLOOK: The state's most dominant field hockey program, Severna Park rolled into its 23rd state final, aiming for its 18th championship. This final is a rematch of last year's title game, won, 2-0, by Severna Park. Quince Orchard, from Montgomery County, is looking for its first championship win over the Falcons. The Cougars won 4A titles in 2001 and 2006, but Severna Park was in Class 3A both those years. The Falcons went 14-0 during the regular season, suffering their only loss to No. 4 Broadneck in the Anne Arundel County championship, but they avenged that in the regional final. M Lelan Bailey leads a balanced Falcons squad along with F Madison Thomas (21 goals, 9 assists) and M Megan Kowalski (18, 1). The Cougars are led by F Brooke Lee (15, 14), F Allie Ready (16, 13) and M Alyssa Peterson.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Severna Park

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