Long Reach flexed its offensive prowess at the beginning of the second half to solidify a 3-0 victory over Wilde Lake in the field hockey regional quarterfinal Thursday evening.
Clarissa Lopez-Diarte put the Lightning on the board halfway through the first half, and then the Wildecats kept the Lightning at bay until halftime.
But whatever coach Rashmi Bhanot said at the break must have riled her team up, because they came out swinging.
Lopez-Diarte tallied one more when she converted a cross from Sadie McClelland two minutes into the second period. A mere 30 seconds later McClelland set up another cross, this time to teammate Jess Bates who put away the insurance goal.
Wilde Lake was able to create a few scoring opportunities. Brittney Kuntz had a very promising fast break, but the Wildecats were just unable to finish.
The Wildecats were noticeably improved offensively this season. Co-captain Adrianna Shoemaker said it was driven by heart. “We are really determined. We have never given up. We just haven’t been able to pull it all together but it’s not from lack of heart. Everyone has a lot of heart,” she said.
Long Reach, building on its best record in recent years, is also more of an offensive threat this season.
“I’m proud that over the season we learned and improved on our ability to spread out and use the right side of the field," McClelland said.
The Lightning will visit Glenelg in the regional semifinals on Monday.
Long Reach 3, Wilde Lake 0
Goals: Lopez-Diarte 2, Bates
Assists: McClelland 2
Saves: LR: Cote 2; WL: Boyer
Atholton 7, Reservoir 0
Atholton asserted its offensive power in the second half to jolt ahead of Reservoir, 7-0.
The first half was a much more even game. Atholton jumped on the board early when Jaimie Cardea found Rachel Day five minutes in. Claire Graybeal tallied one more about halfway through to enter half with a 2-0 lead. Although Reservoir did’t get on the board, it was able to hold the Raiders mainly in the midfield.
After the break, Day hit the ground running and tallied three goals in ten minutes. Graybeal added one more and Kelly McQuilkin had her say with two minutes left.
Reservoir ended its season with a valiant defensive effort led by seniors Olivia Lynch, Alexandra Barrett and Meghan McBeth. Lynch had 20 saves and there were numerous defensive saves.
Atholton hopes to play a solid 60 minutes as it will host the winner of Stephen Decatur/Northeast on Monday.
Goals: Day 4, Graybeal 2, McQuilkin
Assists: Cardea, Bleakney
Saves: A: Clinch 1; Re: Lynch 20
River Hill 13, Southern 0
Seven is a lucky number. Kat Varga scored seven goals and seven different players factored in the scoring as River Hill defeated Southern (AA).
Goals: Varga 7, Arensmeier 2, Borkowski 2, A. Thielemann, Connors.
Assists: Arensmeier 3, Borkowski, Balimtas.
Saves: RH: Valdesuso 0, Heneghan 1; S: Daley 21.
Marriotts Ridge 8, Hammond 0
Marriotts Ridge had a quick and strong start to get ahead of Hammond, 7-0, by half. Jenna Kerr, Maddie Courtney and Rebecca Biegel scored two goals apiece to anchor the offensive effort.
Always a consistent defensive force for the Bears, Shannon Burt recorded 31 saves in the loss.
The Mustangs will host the River Hill Hawks, Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Goals: Kerr 2, Biegel 2, Courtney 2, Beam, Berdy.
Assists: Souder 2, Kerr, Tuma, Beam
Saves: MR: Hamilton 0; H: Burt 31
Loch Raven 1, Oakland Mills 0 (3OT)
Oakland Mills' heart and determination was tested as the Scorpions fought hard for 80 scoreless minutes at Loch Raven. After the second overtime, the game went into strokes, where Oakland Mills fell, 1-0. Goalie Celine Manneville recorded 11 saves.
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