The field hockey postseason began Thursday, and all 12 Howard County public school teams played, but just six — Glenelg, Mt. Hebron, Marriotts Ridge, Howard, Long Reach and Wilde Lake — notched victories to earn the right to keep playing.
For Atholton, Centennial, Hammond, Oakland Mills, Reservoir and River Hill, the season’s over.
“We only have four seniors, but, of course, it’s hardest on them,” said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness following her team’s 4-1 loss to Glenelg.
Regional semifinal games are slated for Monday, Oct. 28.
Class 3A East (Section II)
While co-county champion Mt. Hebron sailed past Reservoir, 7-0, Atholton stumbled at Westminster, losing, 3-0.
For Atholton, there was too much to overcome.
“It was the perfect storm of awfulness,” said Atholton coach Martie Dyer. “I’m sad because I know how good my team is.”
The Raiders, who won the Class 3A state title last fall, are a team with turf skills and turf speed; grass is their Kryptonite.
The Westminster field is a throwback to the older days of field hockey. Their field predates Bermuda grass fields.
“The field has divits all over the place,” Dyer said.
But that wasn’t the whole story. Twelve minutes into the game, Jen Bleakney, one of Atholton’s leading scorers, was hit in the head and taken from the field by ambulance. She ended up receiving two staples in her head.
With Bleakney off the field, Westminster was able to hone in on the Raiders’ other top scorer, Rachel Day.
In addition, Dyer said the game was very physical.
“We’re in shock right now,” Dyer said. “The sad thing is it’s an ugly end to the season.”
It was the only time this year Atholton (10-3) has been shut out.
Westminster 3, Atholton 0
Goals: W - Maddy Walsh, Katie Taylor, Molly Devlin. A- none.
Assists: W – Sophie Defeo, Maddy Walsh.
Saves: W- no name 5. A - Clinch 9
Tianna Wallpher and Monica Linn each scored twice as Mt. Hebron defeated Reservoir.
“I feel like Reservoir was stronger than when we played them before,” said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland.
“They’re a good team and they have the makings of a really good program. They are on their way.”
Reservoir goalie Connie Chung turned aside 16 Mt. Hebron shots. Allie Costenbader led the Gators on the field.
Mt. Hebron hosts Westminster Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
The two teams have some recent history. They met in the state finals two years ago with Westminster winning in double overtime.
“I was just starting to think about strokes, when “bang” they scored” Ireland said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us” Monday.
Mt. Hebron 7, Reservoir 0
Goals: MH – Tianna Wallpher 2, Monica Linn 2, Ally Unkenholz, Natalie Fyock, Sara Rochester. Re – none.
Assists: MH – Lauren Schaaf, Molly Bishop, Katie Anderson.
Saves: MH – Chachi Kelehan 2, Sara Seen 0. Re – Connie Chung 16.
Halftime: Mt. Hebron, 3-0.
Class 4A North (Section II)
Howard goalkeeper Allison Jakubek never had to make a save as the Lions defeated Glen Burnie, 8-1, in a Section II quarterfinal game.