The Fallston and C. Milton Wright field hockey teams both won region championships Wednesday.
Fallston won the Class 1A North Region title with an 3-0 win over visiting Sparrows Point, while CMW won the 3A North title behind a 6-0 shutout of visiting Towson.
North Harford, however, lost in the 2A North championship, 4-3, to visiting Hereford.
Both Fallston and CMW will play a state semifinal next week at Paint Branch High School. CMW will play Monday at 7 p.m. versus Urbana.
Fallston plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. versus Francis Scott Key.
At Fallston, the Cougars (10-5) came out clicking offensively, but despite the domination, the Cougars could not find the goal.
The Cougars had two corners in the first five minutes and six over the first 20. That forced Sparrows Point to call timeout with 9:56 to play in the half.
The Cougars did actually have two hard shots that slammed the back of the cage, but both came from outside the shooting circle and neither was touched.
Sparrows Point found a little offense in the final five minutes of the half, but nothing came from two corner opportunities.
The second half was quite different. The Cougars came out and put two in the goal within the first five minutes.
Senior Rori McDonald scored the first with 28:18 to play in the game. “At this game we made it our goal, from the last game, to score in the first two minutes,” McDonald said. “And at the end of the first half with zero goals, we started again the second half and we got our first goal with two minutes in and since I scored and I’m a senior, it means a lot to me.”
The goal came off a corner. Te ball was played out to Kylie Ryan, who pushed it right and to McDonald, just inside the shooting circle. McDonald took one short hit and then unleashed a low, hard shot that clanged the back wall of the goal. “I guess I just looked up and I saw my post player and then I got lucky and it just made it right in,” McDonald said.
Three minutes and 15 seconds later the Cougars added another off a corner. Again the ball was played to Ryan, who pushed it to McDonald. McDonald, though, slid the ball back to Ryan, who fired on goal, where the ball made its way past Pointers senior goalie Khloe Adams.
“On our corners, we were reading what their defense was doing, so after communicating with Rori we decided we should do one of our signature corners to pass back and forth,” Ryan said. “It actually worked, so that was awesome and we were glad to get two points on the scoreboard.”
The second goal forced another timeout by Sparrows Point. Midway through the second half the Pointers found a little more offense and three corners, but the Cougars defense just didn’t give the Pointers much of a chance.
To help slow the Pointers momentum, Cougars second year coach Caitlin Walker called timeout.
“Getting a region title here as a head coach after playing here and getting some regional titles and a state title here, it definitely is super exciting and nostalgic,” coach Walker said.
The Cougars put in the final dagger with 4:38 to play. Sophomore Olivia Reed did the honor with an assist from Nicole Milano. “The offensive line got a fast break and one of my teammates pass it to me and I dribbled it down the sideline and into the circle,” Reed said. “I dodged a defender and I flicked it into the back left corner around the goalie.”
The Cougars had a 16-5 edge in corners and a 19-3 shot advantage.
Cougars goalie Megan Dudick made one save. Adams had seven for the Pointers.
Mustangs win big
In the Mustangs (15-1) win, Sam Aljets scored two goals to lead the scoring. Single goals were scored by Georgia Beachley, Savannah Gray, Annie Keele and Taylor Marchetti.
Adding assists were Aljets, Beachley (2), Emily Cowie, Olivia Hennessey and Marchetti.
Mustangs goalie Diana Borg had two saves.
Hawks edged out
In North Harford’s loss, things couldn’t have gone any worse. Hawks starting senior goalie Skylar Limpert was sick, throwing up all day and still made a go of it. Limpert made nine saves, but definitely was not herself.
Younger sister Ariel Limpert scored two goals and Sarah Burton had one for the Hawks.
Taylor Hackett and Anna Brandt had two goals each for the Bulls.
Hereford goalie Camryn Kelbaugh had nine saves.
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