Rain and poor field conditions wreaked havoc yesterday with two Baltimore County championship games, forcing the cancellation of one and the postponement of another.
The county's field hockey and girls soccer title games, both scheduled for yesterday morning at Loch Raven High School, were washed out by a persistent rain that began early in the morning.
In field hockey, No. 12 and co-defending champion Loch Raven and No. 9 Perry Hall were declared co-champs after their game was canceled, marking the third straight year two teams have shared the title. The Raiders also shared the title last season after a double-overtime tie with Dulaney.
Because regional playoffs begin tomorrow, no time remains to reschedule the game.
"The weather and field conditions were just unsafe," said Jill Masterman, Baltimore County's specialist in the Office of Athletics. "Plus who'd want to stand outside and watch it? You just don't risk injury to play a game."
For Perry Hall coach Linda Fisher, the cancellation continued a long string of frustrations in county title games. "Two years ago we tied for the county championship. Last year Loch Raven tied for it. I'm just really disappointed," said Fisher.
The soccer game will be made up at 3 p.m. tomorrow when the No. 9 Raiders play host to No. 6 and defending champ Dulaney.
Masterman said she gave both soccer teams the option of rescheduling their game or splitting the title, but that players overwhelmingly chose the first option.
"The thought was whether or not we should play the game and possibly sacrifice a little [strength] for regionals [which begin Tuesday]," said Loch Raven coach Lou Menegatti. "But we felt that Dulaney was such a strong team, and we've been coming on so strong that we just want to find out who the best team really is."
Poly football game canceled
Last night's football game between No. 2 Poly and Salesianum, Del., was called off and it will not be made up. The Engineers next will face top-ranked City at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Morgan State.