County champions Atholton, Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg advance in field hockey playoffs
By By Carol Gralia and email@example.com
Oct 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Six county field hockey teams — Atholton, Glenelg, Howard, Long Reach, Marriotts Ridge and Wilde Lake — won their sectional semifinals Thursday and will play for sectional titles Monday. The sectional winners advance to Wednesday's regional finals.
3A East, Section II
Freshman Tori Raulin had two goals and an assist as Atholton beat Mt. Hebron, 4-1. When the two teams played during the regular season, Atholton won in overtime.
"They are really fired up," said Atholton coach Martie Dyer about her squad. "This year's team really wants to win every game."
The Raiders' rallying cry is: One team; one dream.
"They are very, very strong offensively," said Mt. Hebron goalie Chachi Kelehan (11 saves). "They have very quick reverse shots. You're not sure if they are going high or low and it is very hard to stop them. …It stinks to see the outcome because I know we can do better."
Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland was pleased with her team's effort, though.
"I thought the kids played well. They just played so hard; they didn't back down."
Ireland said that Atholton reminds her of the 2013 Mt. Hebron team that reached the state championship game. "They just don't have a weakness," she said. "Atholton's is a great team and I hope that they will represent our region at states."
In the other 3A East Section II semifinal, Westminster defeated Reservoir, 5-0. That sets up an Atholton at Westminster rematch. The game will be played at 3:30 on Monday. Westminster knocked Atholton out of last year's tournament.
2A East, Section I
Glenelg had to come from behind to beat River Hill, 2-1. All of the goals were scored in the second half.
It was the thought of their season ending that spurred the Gladiators.
After the two teams had gone back-and-forth for 30 minutes without scoring, River Hill's Caleigh Covell gave her team a 1-0 advantage early in the second half.
"We hung our heads," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
Then with 15 minutes left, River Hill called a time out that led to the Hawks' undoing.