The Fallston Cougars opened UCBAC Chesapeake Division field hockey play with a big win Wednesday night, knocking off host and defending state champion Bel Air, 2-1, on the Bobcats' senior night.
Kylie Ryan, a Fallston junior, scored the game-winning goal with 11:12 left in the second half.
"Well, it all was clicking, I was pretty happy and like having the team the way we have, I am so honored," Ryan said. "Without my team I probably couldn't have done it tonight."
Sarah Dudick had the assist on the winning goal.
Bel Air (0-3), which did not have a corner opportunity all night, compared to 13 for Fallston, got on the scoreboard first. Senior Anna Farley smacked a shot past Cougars goalie Lindsay Nichols with 18:42 to play in the first half.
It didn't take long before Fallston (5-2) tied the game on Kelly Emge's goal.
Senior captain Erin McClelland assisted on the first Fallston score, but McClelland's real contributions came as a rock-solid defender.
"I'm really, really happy to have such great help back there. Rory McDonald and Caroline Abbott are so, so good in the back with me, they're both juniors," McClelland said. "It's tough when you have such hard competition, but with the girls back there helping me and our goalie Lindsay Nichols, they all played so solid and it makes my job easier."
Hawks edge Panthers
North Harford (4-1) was also Chesapeake winner Wednesday, 1-0 at Perryville.
Ariel Limpert scored the game's only goal in the second half, unassisted.
Hawks goalie Skylar Limpert finished with nine saves.
Rams beat Mariners
Edgewood (2-1) opened Susquehanna Division play with a 7-3 win over visiting Joppatowne (1-4). The Rams led 5-0 at the half.
Nicole Wiland scored three goals to lead the Rams, while single goals were scored by Abigail Quinn, Jordyn Carll, Nina Capinpin and Hailey Fisher. All seven goals were unassisted.
Rachel Kocsan scored twice for Joppatowne and Sarah Hudson scored once. Valarie Barker added an assist.
Edgewood played two goalies with Angelina Palmer making one save and Naiyah Brown making seven.
Joppatowne also played two goalies with Logan Clark making three saves and Torri Ellis making four.
Huskies get win
Patterson Mill (1-1, 1-6) posted its first win, beating host Rising Sun, 5-0, in Chesapeake play.
Molly Egan scored twice for the Huskies, while Julia Frankis, Elise Alders and Sydney Beck tallied single goals.
Frankis and Jasmine Sabol had assists.
Elks blank Warriors
The Havre de Grace field hockey team suffered another lopsided loss Wednesday, traveling to Elkton, where the Warriors were shut out, 8-0, in Susquehanna play.
Warriors goalie Micah Jacobs made 23 saves.
Mustangs beat Lions
On a light night for field hockey play, C. Milton Wright edged visiting Dulaney, 2-1, Tuesday in non-league action in Fountain Green.
"All goals were scored in a hard fought first half and the defensive effort on both ends was evident in the second," CMW coach Rachel Cooke said. "CMW had great team defense and passing and finished in front of the goal at the important opportunities."
Sophomore Georgia Beachley scored in the first 10 minutes of play off a pass from sophomore Sam Aljets. Taylor Marchetti, also a sophomore, scored on a corner, with an assist from sophomore Olivia Hennessey.
CMW was anchored in goal by junior goalie Diana Borg (five saves) and the defensive unit held strong against aggressive Dulaney attacks in the circle.
The game ended with a corner for Dulaney with 14 seconds left on the board, but the Lions couldn't tie the game.
Indians beat Warriors
Havre de Grace was also in action Tuesday, losing to visiting North East, 5-1, in UCBAC Susquehanna Division play.
Sidra Wheeler scored the Warriors goal with A'maya Green posting the assist. Warriors goalie Micah Jacobs had 16 saves.