There are no "shining stars" on Archbishop Spalding's field hockey team, says coach Mary Pat Bozel.
Maybe not, but that doesn't mean the forecast for this season has been gloomy. Far from it.
The Cavaliers notched their sixth win yesterday -- one less than all of last year -- when they rolled over visiting North County, 8-0.
Juniors Stephanie Paxson and Jenny Fudge each scored twice for Spalding (6-2), which has beaten five public-school teams, plus private-school rival St. Mary's. Paxson also had three assists.
Amy Sledgeski, Jennifer Thomas, Cara Tracey and Anne Mattison also scored. Seven of the eight goals were assisted.
The Cavaliers didn't allow a shot in the first half and finished with a 27-3 advantage. Both North County goalkeepers, Katie McCordic (seven saves) and Sara Paul (five) stayed busy.
"I don't think North County played their game," Bozel said. "This field is very fast and I think that took them [by surprise] at the beginning. And my kids played an extremely good game. They weren't doing a whole lot wrong today."
Spalding didn't need much time to establish control. Fudge scored off a pass from Paxson at 1:22, Paxson converted a feed from Kathy Bauhaus seven minutes later, and the rout was on.
"They're a good group of kids," said Bozel, whose team faces No. 1 Severna Park next Tuesday. "Most of them have been working together for the past three or four years. I have a really good group of seniors that show a lot of leadership.
"We won a couple early games that in the past we've always lost, but we still have some real hard games ahead of us. They're very enthusiastic, they're still up. They're not having those doldrums that my team usually gets at this time of the season."
Meanwhile, the Knights (0-4-2) can't shake the doldrums. They had played to scoreless ties with South River and Meade and were coming off a 1-0 loss to No. 3 Chesapeake, but they haven't been able to put it all together.
Coach Julie Schubert figures it's just a matter of time before they get that elusive first victory.
"They're very, very close," she said. "On the field, you can see they're even, but it's hard for us to get the ball in and score."
Before the season, Schubert thought the Knights' offense would improve over last year, when they went 2-9. But that hasn't been the case.
A 2-1 loss to Calvert on Sept. 19 marked the only time North County has registered a goal.
"I don't know why that is," Schubert said. "If I knew, it would have changed by now."