Fallston wins 3A crown

varsity field hockey state championships

Severna Park tops Quince Orchard for 4A championship

November 09, 2008|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

CHESTERTOWN - Getting scored on in the first six minutes of yesterday's state Class 3A field hockey championship game might not have been a bad thing for No. 2 Fallston.

The Cougars responded to the early deficit with three straight goals and went on to a 4-3 victory over Atholton at Washington College for their second straight title and their 11th overall.

The seven goals were the most in a Maryland field hockey state title game.

Atholton came in as the underdog, but the Raiders weren't intimidated as Kim Markovitz fed Alexandra Durso for the opening goal.

"I actually think that built our team up," Fallston senior Lindsey Puckett said, "because we hadn't been scored on this whole tournament, but I thought we came back pretty fast. We scored three goals in like 10 minutes, and we wanted to say something there."

The Cougars (19-1) scored on their next three shots as Rachel Cooke scored twice and Allie Hunter added one more for a 3-1 lead with 10:36 to go in the half.

Kelly Brown cut that lead to 3-2 just more than a minute into the second half. The action went back and forth, and both teams had chances until Puckett fed Krissy Fusco for the game-winner with 11:31 to go.

Atholton goalie Maddy Bottomley helped keep the Raiders in the game with 14 saves. The Cougars' Amanda Bandzwolek and Roxy Raab made key defensive plays down the stretch after Durso pulled the Raiders to 4-3 with 5:09 to go.

Class 4A

No. 1 Severna Park 6, Quince Orchard 0:: The Falcons' field hockey trophy case must be getting pretty crowded by now.

Severna Park won its 18th state championship in dominating fashion, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes to spark the victory.

For the Falcons (19-1), the crown was the fourth straight in addition to pushing their state-record overall total to 18 - two more than Pocomoke, which won its 16th Class 1A crown yesterday.

"This is overwhelming. I'm still in shock," said Falcons senior Megan Kowalski, who scored three goals. "This is my favorite [championship], definitely. It's my senior year, and we really dominated. This just feels really good."

When Hannah Balleza scored her second goal of the game to push the Falcons' lead to 6-0 with 4:49 left in the game, Severna Park broke the state tournament record for most goals by one team in the title game. The previous record of five was held by several teams, including Pocomoke, which had tied it in yesterday's first final.

The Falcons outshot the Cougars 21-2 and held them without a shot until four minutes into the second half.

Class 2A

Kent Island 1, No. 12 Winters Mill 0:: For a Falcons team that has struggled to finish at times this season, the Buccaneers' stingy defense proved too big an obstacle.

Winters Mill did a terrific job of holding down a Kent Island attack that had scored 92 goals, but it could not get one past the Buccaneers' defense as Kent Island took its first state field hockey title.

Madi Wilt scored the game-winner on a penalty corner pass from Kristen Wille with 11:33 to go in the first half. The shot sailed into the cage about shoulder high and the Falcons argued that it should not have been allowed, but it stood.

The Falcons (13-4), playing in their first state championship, didn't have many strong chances on offense but came close a couple of times.

The Buccaneers (18-0-1) also had a few near misses, and Falcons goalie Katie Horn made eight saves. Then the Falcons rallied again late in the game.

"Unfortunately, it was too late," Winters Mill coach Carli Swift said, "but they never gave up and never felt like they were beaten. They gave it their all. I think they knew they deserved to be here."

Class 1A

Pocomoke 5, No. 9 Glenelg 1:: The Gladiators did something only four teams had done all season - score a goal on the Warriors. But one goal wasn't enough.

The perennial Eastern Shore power scored two goals in the first eight minutes and went on to defeat Glenelg for its sixth straight Class 1A title.

Glenelg (14-3-1) looked a bit timid early, and that helped the Warriors (16-1) score quickly. Lauriann Parker, the Gladiators' all-time leading scorer, brought them to 2-1, scoring off a rebound of her sister Alyssa Parker's shot with 15:58 left.

In the second half, however, the Warriors again got the jump on the Gladiators with two goals from Taylor West in the first nine minutes for a 4-1 lead. After that, the Gladiators became much more aggressive on offense with four penalty corners and eight shots in the final 20 minutes, but they never broke through.

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