Catonsville nips Hereford, 1-0; Bulls' title-defense hopes fade; Brown's second-half goal wins for Comets, now 9-1; Field hockey


With yesterday's 1-0 win, No. 10-ranked Catonsville likely squeezed three-time defending Baltimore County champion Hereford out of a chance to defend its title.

Kristen Brown scored early in the second half, and the Comets defense, led by Erin Coberth, Chrissy Blake, Helen Brooks and Sarah Starsoneck, held off nine Hereford penalty corners in the final 25 minutes.

The No. 11 Bulls (4-3-1 overall) dropped to 4-2-1 in the county's Heron Division, falling behind No. 14 Dulaney at 4-0-1, Catonsville at 6-1 and Perry Hall at 5-1-1. The two with the best records will play for the county title.

The only matchup remaining among those four teams is Catonsville's trip to Dulaney at 3 p.m. Saturday. The winner likely would clinch the top spot in the division, although Towson could prove a spoiler, because both teams have yet to play the Generals.

Yesterday, the Comets (9-1 overall) outshot the Bulls 12-2 on the way to their season's sixth shutout. Brown's unassisted goal came just 3: 07 into the second half on the Comets' third shot in a series. Bulls goalie Christina Restivo stopped shots by Brown and Rachel Constantino before Brown found an opening.

"It was pretty frenzied in there," said Brown. "I didn't really get a rebound. The ball was crossed a lot between our own players and the goalie hadn't gotten it yet."

No. 14 Dulaney 1, Franklin 1 2OT. Alison Comoligo was credited with 63 saves against 64 shots in 80 minutes of play as the Indians (4-4-1, 1-4-1) surprised the visiting Lions (5-1-2 overall). Katie Babcock gave the Lions a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but Mackenzie Gutin tied the score with 8: 22 left. During the 20-minute overtime, Comoligo was credited with 12 saves, one a penalty stroke.

Pub Date: 10/08/99

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