The C. Milton Wright Mustangs field hockey team is UCBAC Chesapeake Division champions.
The Mustangs blanked visiting North Harford, 2-0, Wednesday evening to capture the title.
Aberdeen, meanwhile, won the Susquehanna Division title earlier in the day, beating visiting Perryville, 1-0.
In CMW’s win, the Mustangs (5-0, 12-1) had their offense clicking early, but despite the advantage, no real shot was taken.
That changed as time moved along. The Mustangs were awarded nine penalty corners in the game, with eight happening in the first half.
It was on the eighth that the Mustangs went ahead with 6:45 to play in the half. Jill Baldwin took a feed from Annie Keele, who managed to slip the ball past Hawks keeper Skylar Limpert, who had denied a number of shots before the goal was allowed.
“On my first goal, Annie Keele hit the ball across the cage and I was able to have my stick there and reverse it into the goal,” Baldwin said.
Scoring chances for North Harford (4-1, 7-5) were few and far between. In the final minute of the half, Ariel Limpert drove a ball into the shooting circle from the right, only to see it roll out of the circle without a shot.
Midway through the second half the Hawks had a bit more pressure around the CMW goal, but managed no real shots against Mustangs keeper Diana Borg.
The Hawks did get off a handful of shots, but none were on goal for Borg, who registered no saves.
“This win was a really hard win for us and it’s really good for us because last year we were pretty much the same team and we were able to grow as a program over the summer and throughout all of our pre-season,” Borg said. “We really grew as team and that shows in our record from this season as compared to last year.”
Borg’s opposite, Skylar Limpert in the Hawks goal, had a much busier night. She made seven saves in the first half and finished the night with 12.
“Well, they [CMW] were a very strong offensive team and they had a lot of strong hits and number 11 [Sam Aljets] was their key shooter on their team,” Skylar Limpert said. “It was a tough game, we didn’t get any shots off on their goal, but it’s okay. It is disappointing that we lost, we were looking forward to winning this game, but our defense played really strong today and my defense helped me out a lot.”
It was Aljets who figured in the game’s final goal. Aljets played the ball to Peyton Dail, who knocked it into the goal with 3:36 to play and provide the dagger.
“Today was a huge win for us, we clinched the UCBAC and I’m not sure that the girls knew that before the game that, that’s what they were playing for but after the game they definitely were able to recognize that,” Mustangs coach Kelly Mattingly said.
Eagles win Susquehanna
Aberdeen (6-0, 8-1-1) claimed the Susquehanna title over Perryville (5-1, 5-4) on the strength of one goal.
The goal came on a penalty corner with an initial shot from Cassie Price and a tip from Alana Mendes.
Aberdeen goalie Gwyneth Steele made two saves.
Bobcats beat Tigers
Bel Air (2-3, 3-8) hosted Rising Sun (1-4, 5-6) and won the Chesapeake game, 4-0.
Maddie Conroy, Peyton Hale and Julian Vazquez scored a goal each and all were unassisted. Brooke Steg added a goal as well, with an assist from McKenna Reichard.
Havre de Grace (1-4, 2-7) dropped its Susquehanna game to visiting Elkton (3-3, 6-4-1), 7-0, Wednesday.
Havre de Grace goalie Tori Jacobs made 10 saves.
Mariners fall, too
Joppatowne (0-6, 0-8) was also beaten in Susquehanna play, 4-1, by Bo Manor in the Mariners final home game of the season.
Freshman Abby Casasola scored Joppatowne's goal, her second for the season and was assisted by captain Mallorie Hunt.
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