Falcons Win 19th Crown

Field Hockey State Finals

Hereford, Fallston Join Severna Park As Champs

November 15, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

CHESTERTOWN - -No. 3 Severna Park's Jaclyn Anspach put in a rebound for a 2-1 victory over No. 1 and previously undefeated Westminster with less than 90 seconds to play Saturday in the Class 4A state field hockey championship at Washington College.

Anspach's goal not only won the game, but it also set off a historic celebration as the Falcons won an unprecedented 19th state title and a school-record fifth straight championship.

"Five in a row," Anspach said after picking up her individual plaque. "I can't believe it."

"I can't believe we've been able to add something new to the program," said Hannah Balleza, who scored the game-tying goal and like Anspach was celebrating her third career title. "There has been so much success here, and that's what we build on. But no one has won five in a row."

It wasn't easy as Westminster played a strong first half, forcing the action, but could not find the net until 19:39 of the second half. That's when Meghan Macera scored off an assist from Nicole Hodiak for a 1-0 lead.

"We knew it wasn't over at that point," said Westminster coach Mary Rivera, whose Owls finished 18-1. "We knew they would come back. We had to be ready, and we were. The only difference was they scored one more goal. It was a very evenly played game. I don't think they were more talented. They just had that last goal and we didn't."

Class 3A

No. 10 Hereford 1, Blake 0: : The Bulls (16-2) managed one goal by senior Taylor Cummins in the early going and made it hold up for a victory.

"The ball bounced off the feet of three of their players before I got my stick on it," said Cummins, who scored with 21:32 left in the first half. "I can't even explain the feeling. Not only did we win states, but the whole team played well. I'm really glad the game was close because it wouldn't have felt this good [if it were a runaway win]."

It was the Bulls' sixth championship and its first since 2006. Even more impressive, the Bengals made their move after a less than impressive 5-7 regular season.

Class 2A

No. 9 Fallston 3, No. 6 Century 2: : The Cougars, who lost their first three games of the season before finding themselves under new coach Megan Grant, completed a 13-game undefeated run through the regular season and postseason to capture its third-straight state championship.

Jen Ward, Caitlin Dempsey and Natalie Kansler scored for Fallston (16-3).

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