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Catonsville celebrates senior night with field hockey triumph over Towson

By Craig Clary, cclary@tribune.com

9:11 PM EDT, October 2, 2012

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Senior night was a roaring success for the eight Catonsville High seniors on the field hockey team as the Comets scored three goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and secure a 4-1 win over visiting Towson on Tuesday evening.

It was the second straight 4-1 victory for the Comets (5-3), who disposed of Perry Hall by the same score on Sept. 28.

“It was senior night and it felt really good,” said senior Kendall Law, who had a goal and assist. “All our seniors started and we really played hard and we were really fired up.”

Law nearly set up the first goal when she sent a pass to Syd Corbitt in the circle, but her shot was stopped by Towson’s Meg Horan in the first three minutes.

But, with 19:27 left in the first half, Corbitt’s second shot on goal led to a corner by Catherine Sweeney that was fed gingerly by senior Maddie Hunt to Law for a 1-0 Comet lead.

Senior Rachel Saks added some strong runs for the Comets and added a stop and clear along with senior defender Maggie Whelley, and defender Kelly Reymann and Law.

Towson got in the circle for the first time with 11:30 left, and with 8:18 remaining, they got the first shot on goal by Sara Beach who played an outstanding  all-around game.

It was saved by Catonsville keeper Vanessa Tracy, but that set up another corner by Maddie Tribbe that led to a shot by Beach that was repelled by Whelley.

With 7:11 left in the half, the Generals capitalized on their third consecutive corner and Beach’s shot was rebounded by Emily Hubbard into the cage making it 1-1.

The second half was all Catonsville, as they continued to make frequent runs and block Towson drives.
“Our runs have been incredible this year,” Catonsville coach Lindsey Gullborg said. “The girls are in control of the ball and they have a thought process in mind. They know to send it across because they know the offense is up there to receive it.”

That’s exactly what happened early in the second half when Brook Stevens dribbled through the defense from midfield and struck a solid diagonal pass that Sweeney redirected in for a 2-1 lead.

Law’s cross to senior Grace Campbell notched the third goal and Campbell was feeling the energy.
“We wanted it more because it was senior night and obviously we were tied 1-1 at halftime so we were just trying to win and we knew we wanted to win by more than one goal.

Sophomore Emma Clark scored the final Comet goal in the final minute.

The Comets appeared to have more gas left in the tank in the second half and coach Gullborg attributed it to tough practices on Mondays, which she calls ‘Muscle Mondays.’

“It’s not bad,” Law said. “It’s fun and it makes you feel really good and it has proved to work because we’ve had two or three and its already put us in better shape.”

The workout involves lots of wind sprints and sprints while dribbling and it was implemented after the Comets lost to Hereford 4-1.

“In the beginning of the season we looked fast and we felt fast and then we came up against Hereford and they completely blew us out of the water with their speed. After that I decided it was time to get in shape.”

Although it was the last regular season home game for seniors Campbell, Corbitt, Saks, Hunt, Law, Whelley, Moire Campbell and Maddie Snapp, they are hoping to be in strong enough shape to earn a high seed in the regional tournament and garner a home playoff game.

“We will keep our fingers crossed and hope things keep going the way they are going,” Gullborg said.