Advancing to the Class 4A state field hockey championship game is a difficult proposition, and No. 10 Dulaney learned that hard lesson Monday night at Broadneck High where Wootton, of Montgomery County, edged the Lions, 1-0, in overtime in a state semifinal.
Wootton midfielder Alex Yokley scored with time expired on a penalty corner, which, according to the rules, is allowed to be played out.
Hannah King found Yokley, headed to the University of California Berkley on a field hockey scholarship, with a crossing pass and the senior’s blistering 10-yard shot rattled the back of the cage to end Dulaney’s seven-game winning streak.
“I have never been a part of a game-winning goal (in 18 years) as has time expired,” Wootton coach Kearney Francis Blandamer said. “Those are the things you read about.”
Wootton, ranked ninth in the Washington D.C area by the Washington Post, advanced to play the state's most decorated program, Severna Park, in the Class 4A final at Washington College on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Patriots dominated the Lions, holding a huge advantage in shots (17-0) and penalty corners (10-1).
But Dulaney junior goalie Kalie Paranzino single-handedly kept her team in the game, finishing with 15 saves.
“She played a phenomenal game,” Dulaney coach Kellie Fialcowitz said. “She really did. They had some serious shots and that’s probably the most abuse she had taken all season. She had some amazing saves. That’s all I can ask of her.”
The Patriots (16-0) tested Paranzino and Dulaney defenders Sara Sprinkel, Lauren Batlas, Kaie Boltz and Emma O’Grady from the opening minutes.
With 18:04 remaining in the first half, Yokley’s shot eluded Paranzino before Boltz, stationed in front of the goal line, blocked the ball.
Later, with two Wootton players and a Dulaney defender pursuing a loose the ball, Paranzino’s aggressiveness thwarted the Patriots’ scoring attempt when she kicked the ball out of the 16-yard circle in the 20th minute.
Wootton kept up the pressure in the second half. The Patriots had two penalty corners in the first eight minutes, although both shots went wide of the cage.
The Patriots’ offensive pressure seemed to be wearing the Lions down, forcing Fialcowitz to call two time outs.
Fortunately for the Lions (13-4), Paranzino played her best game of the season, making two saves in the final two minutes of the 10-minute overtime before the Patriots scored.
Fialcowitz said he loss can’t diminish what the Lions achieved in her first year as coach.
“We won a regional and county championship,” she said. “I think we had a phenomenal season. I am so proud.”
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