Stellar defense has Franklin's field hockey team off to one of its best starts ever.
The No. 13 Indians have allowed only one goal in seven games to remain unbeaten and tied for first place in Baltimore County's tough Heron Division.
All-County picks Amy Whitcomb in the goal and Lisa Bradley at sweeper lead a veteran defense that includes backs Wendie Speed and Karen Foltz.
"Giving up one goal in seven games is just tremendous," said coach Carol Smith, who plans to retire after this season, her 16th. "They've done an excellent job."
Two other prime contributors have been center link Lacy Milson and forward Tammi Norris, last year's scoring leader, who already has 10 goals and five assists.
The Indians, who have scored 22 goals, still face some of their toughest games, including a potential showdown on Oct. 14 with Perry Hall for the division title. The Gators (4-2 overall) have kept pace with the Indians, going 4-0 against division opponents.
And then there were two
Most coaches in Baltimore County girls soccer Division I do not expect any team to emerge unbeaten in the league, but No. 5 Dulaney and No. 6 Loch Raven have other ideas.
zTC Both remain 4-0, unbeaten against league competition, and that might not change until they play each other on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 19.
Then again, as No. 7 Perry Hall learned Tuesday, any team in Division I seems capable of an upset. Patapsco pulled off the first big one, beating the Gators, 2-1.
Patapsco's upset win over Perry Hall rejuvenated a girls soccer team that has suffered some disappointing losses.
Charlee Harris and Amy Foote scored the goals on assists from Cori Lentz and Amanda McCauley to edge the visiting Gators, 2-1. Goalie Danielle Foote had 26 saves, and sweeper Jenn Woods, fullback Stacey Ramey and center halfback Jeannie Albrecht turned in key defensive performances.
"I don't know where this came from," said Patriots coach Pat Poletynski, whose team had just come off a 2-0 loss to Parkville.
A shore thing
No. 6 Perry Hall and Bel Air will travel to the Eastern Shore tomorrow for the eighth annual Bulldog Classic Invitational Volleyball Tournament at North Caroline High School in Denton.
The premier volleyball tournament in the state draws many of the best teams from the metro area, including No. 1 Severna Park, No. 2 Centennial, No. 7 Glen Burnie and Atholton, which dropped out of the poll this week.
Severna Park and Centennial are past winners, but the team to beat appears to be defending champ Northern of Calvert County, the Class 4A champs and the state's top team in 1994.
The preliminary draw did no favors for Perry Hall, which landed in the same pool as unbeaten Severna Park, one of only two teams to beat the Gators this season.
With only two seniors in the lineup, Hereford's volleyball team has taken over the top spot in Baltimore County's Division II.
At 6-0 in the league, the Bulls (6-1 overall) have a one-match lead over Eastern Tech, Kenwood, Chesapeake and Woodlawn. The Bulls already have beaten all of those except Chesapeake.
Coming off a 4-10 season in 1994, the Bulls were not expected to contend for the division title, but Pat Pilson's squad came together quickly, beating early-season favorites Parkville in five games and Kenwood in three.
"Our goal was to win five," said Pilson. "We've done that already, so now the girls want to go 11-0 and we might be able to do that because we've gotten through most of the tough teams."