By Carol Gralia, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:50 PM EDT, September 8, 2013
Mt. Hebron and Marriotts Ridge each won their own tournaments Saturday, but neither team won in convincing fashion.
“It’s not pretty, but sometimes you just have to gut it out,” said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland after her team defeated North Harford, 2-1, to win the Viking tournament for the second consecutive year.
Marriotts Ridge needed overtime to claim the Mustang tournament over Patterson Mill, 3-2.
Glenelg and Reservoir placed second in the South River and Paint Branch tournaments, respectively.
Centennial (Centennial tournament), River Hill (Viking), Long Reach (Paint Branch) and Oakland Mills (Southern-AA) won the consolation games in the tournaments they played in.
The Betty Lang tournament at Howard High had to be cancelled after two teams dropped out and replacements could not be found.
After being unable to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, Mt. Hebron finally got a ball across the goal line with 39 seconds left in the first half of the Viking tournament championship.
Senior Lauren Schaaf inserted the ball on a corner and then went to the near post. Natalie Fyock sent the ball toward goal and Schaaf knocked it in for a 1-0 Mt. Hebron halftime lead.
Five minutes into the second half, the host school got an insurance goal when Tianna Wallpher scored off an assist from Molly Bishop.
“Being up, 2-0, makes you feel a little better but we knew North Harford is a very good team and we couldn’t let up at all,” Bishop said.
North Harford center mid Rachel Baca tallied a goal with 6:40 left in the game to cut Mt. Hebron’s lead in half.
The last three minutes of play was a battle. Mt. Hebron would get the ball in their offensive end in an effort to ice the game, but North Harford’s defense would take it away. Mt. Hebron’s defense, led by Monica Linn, Kelly Comiskey and Shannon Kelliher kept getting it back for their team.
“I did not want them to cross the 50. I was determined to keep the ball up” on attack, Linn said. “They are very talented and I was afraid they might get a corner like in our previous game.”
Mt. Hebron defeated Dulaney, 3-2, in the tournament’s first round.
North Harford edged River Hill, 4-3, with a late goal by Baca in the other first-round game.
After scoreless play through regulation, River Hill defeated Dulaney in overtime to finish third. Originally, River Hill was not slated to be in the tournament but the Hawks stepped up when Catonsville dropped out.
Although Saturday’s weather was beautiful, two full field hockey games in a day was taxing for all teams.
“We were exhausted,” said North Harford coach Carla Harward. “Playing two games in one day, that’s tough, and this was our first game-game. This was our first test and we had two good tests. …We’re a young team and we are ironing out the kinks. That’s why these tournaments are great.”
Ireland admitted that her team wasn’t on top of its game either.
“Sometimes when you are not playing well, you’ve just got to find a way to win and that’s what we did,” she said.
Mt. Hebron 2, North Harford 1
Goals: MH — Lauren Schaaf, Molly Bishop. NH — Rachel Baca.
Assists: MH — Natalie Fyock. NH — none.
Saves: MH — Chachi Kellehan 4. NH — Juliane Caughron 6.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 1-0.
River Hill 1, Dulaney 0 (OT)
North Harford 4, River Hill 3
Goals: NH — Rachel Baca 2, Gabby Karr, Emily Keller. RH — Dani Schwab, Maggie Connors, Emily Marlatt.
Assists: NH — Rachel Baca, Hannah Kehring. RH — Caleigh Covell.
Saves: NH — Juliane Caughron 5. RH — Sierra Kelly 13.
Halftime: North Harford, 3-2.
Mt. Hebron 3, Dulaney 2
Goals: MH — Molly Bishop, Natalie Fyock, Monica Linn. D — Podles, Pazzilini.
Assists: MH — Monica Linn, Tianna Wallpher, Molly Bishop. D — Williams, Biser.
Saves: MH — Chachi Kellehan 1. D — Paranzino 7.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 3-1.
Keeper Sophia Hamilton turned back 20 shots as Marriotts Ridge won its own tournament, 3-2, over Patterson Mill in overtime.
Marriotts Ridge 3, Patterson Mill 2 (OT)
Goals: MR — Lexi Souder 2, Jenna Kerr. PM — Linnea Gonzales, Julia Sibbesen.
Assists: not available.
Saves: MR — Sophia Hamilton 20. PM — Hedrick 12.
Liberty 3, Eastern Tech 0
Goals: L — Erin Simmons, Aly Epp, Logan Haggerty. ET — none.
Assists: L — Ashley Caldwell 2.
Saves: L — Rosecan 1. ET — not available.
Marriotts Ridge 3, Liberty 0
Goals: MR — Jasmine Williams 2, Jenna Kerr 1. L — none
Assists: MR — Condron.
Saves: MR — Sophia Hamilton 11. L — Rosecran 14.
Halftime: Marriotts Ridge, 1-0.
Patterson Mill 5, Eastern Tech 1
Goals: PM — Mariel Casstronova 2, Linnea Gonzales, Julia Sibbesen, Taylor Wilhelm. ET — not available.
Assists: PM — LInnea Gonzales 3, Hannah Patidar. ET — not available.
South River tournament
Mia Astran scored Glenelg’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to South River in the South River championship game.
South River scored all three of its goals within a span of five minutes.
“We dominated the first 5 minutes without finishing,” said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
South River scored on a fast break and Glenelg panicked.
“We could not settle even with a time out,” Kincaid said. “In that five minutes of panic, they scored three unsettled goals.”
Astran put her team on the scoreboard early in the second half.
Glenelg beat Bryn Mawr, 3-0, in its first game of the tournament. Lauren Pelkey, Morgan Philie and Megan Taylor had the goals; Stephanie Asher had an assist.
Goalies Amanda Hoyt and Noelle Frost split time in both games.
Mount de Sales won the Centennial tournament, 6-1, over Towson.
Towson reached the championship game with an overtime win over Centennial. After playing to a 3-3 standstill, that game was decided by strokes.
In the overtime strokes, Margaret Maclean scored for Centennial, while Maddie Tribbe, Maeve Lunch and Allison Lynch converted for Towson.
A pair of goals by Margaret Maclean helped Centennial win the consolation game, 3-1, over Franklin.
Centennial 3, Franklin 1
Goals: C — Margaret Maclean 2, Robin Cagle. F — not available.
Assists: C — Robin Cagle, Mareen Maclean. F — not available.
Saves: C — Anna Cosentino 8. F — n/a 6.
Towson 3, Centennial 3 (OT)
(Towson wins, 3-1, in strokes)
Goals: T— Jones 2, Savannah Cockerill. C — Margaret Maclean 2, Sarah Arbaugh.
Assists: T — Berger, Sydney Cockerill. C — Robin Cagle.
Saves: T — Horan 17. C — Cosentino.
Halftime: tied, 1-1.
Regulation: tied, 3-3.
After losing to the host team, 1-0, Oakland Mills bounced back to win the consolation game, 2-1, against Northeast in overtime.
Maggie Zuelsdorf scored on a corner in regulation and Olivia Eldridge assisted Morgan Carroll on the game-winner in overtime.
Due to receiving a green card, the Scorpions played a man-down in the game against Southern.
“And we had nine shots to their two,” lamented Oakland Mills coach Nikki Trunzo.
Paint Branch tournament
Championship: Sherwood 3, Reservoir 0
Consolation: Long Reach 3, Paint Branch 2
Sherwood 7, Long Reach 3
Reservoir 2, Paint Branch 1
Overall standings (as of Sept. 8)
Marriotts Ridge, 3-0
Mt. Hebron, 2-0
Oakland Mills, 2-1
Long Reach, 1-1
River Hill, 1-1
Wilde Lake, 0-1
Glenelg Country, 0-0