Loch Raven and Bel Air could not have asked for much more in yesterday's non-league field hockey game -- except a win.
In a game filled with strong offense and tough defense, the host No. 12 Raiders tied No. 10 Bel Air, 1-1, in double overtime.
"I feel good about the game," said Bel Air link Jamie Kunkel. "I think everyone played really well. Loch Raven was a good team, and obviously we're as good as they are."
The game was so close that each team dominated a half, and they played evenly in the two 10-minute, seven-on-seven overtime periods.
Each team scored on a corner play. The Raiders (6-1-1) converted first. They controlled the first half, and Lauren Volk put them ahead one minute before halftime.
The senior forward scored when left wing Alison Jones sent her the ball off Gia Trionfo's corner pass.
The second half belonged to the Bobcats (7-1-2), although it wasn't quite as lopsided as their 14-5 shot advantage.
Kunkel tied the game on a textbook corner play with 5:10 left in the game. She stopped a perfect corner pass from Carrie Carpenter and nailed it into the far corner of the cage.
"I'm just so glad I scored on that," said Kunkel, who made up for a missed penalty stroke in the first half. "We've been practicing that kind of corner for so long, and it finally went in."
The penalty stroke came with 18:12 to go in the first half after Raiders keeper Cho Toung dived for a save and ended up lying on the ball. Toung, who finished with seven saves, redeemed herself by stopping Kunkel's straight-on shot.
Both teams had shots missing the cage by inches. The Raiders hit the post with one shot.
"Things like that happen in lacrosse, not in hockey," said Raiders coach Gina Hormes. "We had some awesome shots on goal. I feel good we didn't take a loss, but I feel bad knowing we should have won that game. Bel Air didn't give up, but we should have put that second one in."
The Bobcats' Rene Polek, Teresa Clark, Karen Wagner and keeper Jessica McGreen (six saves) turned in strong defensive efforts against the explosive Raiders attack. Clark played a good game against Volk, who managed a couple of breakaways but didn't convert any.
"We knew they had Volk," said Bobcats coach Phyllis Hemmes of the right inner who led the metro area in scoring last season. "We tried to drill it into my kids that if Loch Raven was going to win, we didn't want her to beat us. We wanted their team to beat us."