A hat trick by team captain Jen Biscoe propelled No. 2-ranked John Carroll over No. 5 Notre Dame Prep, 4-1, and re-positioned the Patriots on a path to the No. 1 spot yesterday at Notre Dame Prep.
Some fearless moves from ninth-grader Shannon Seipp and the team's overall snappy footwork, passing and shooting proved enough as well to preserve the Patriots' undefeated record (11-1-1) against Maryland teams.
The Patriots' offense finally paid dividends 22 minutes into the game when Biscoe headed a corner kick from Kourtney Porcella over goalie Lauren Stone for a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates stormed back in the beginning of the second half with a goal from team captain Megan Schwartz. The score wrestled the Patriots from their slumber.
Notre Dame Prep defender Marissa Giannerini, who assisted Schwartz's goal, tried to stop a surge by Biscoe, but tripped her in the penalty box. Biscoe's penalty goal gave her team a 2-1 lead and also smothered NDP's momentum. Seven minutes later, Biscoe again combined with Porcella's corner kick to head the ball over Stone to stretch the lead to 3-1.
-- Andrea Leand
Bel Air 2, No. 8 Fallston 1, 2 OT: Visiting Bel Air needed a goal by Leann Matta 39 seconds into the second sudden-death overtime period to win, ensuring it at least a piece of its third straight Harford County title.
The Bobcats can win it outright with a win over Aberdeen on Monday.
This will be the third straight season that Bel Air's road to at least a share of the county title has passed through Fallston. Last season, the Bobcats beat the Cougars, 1-0, during the regular season to secure a county title and, 2-0, in the regional playoffs. In 1997, the two teams tied for the crown.
-- Rich Scherr
No. 1 River Hill 6, Urbana 0: River Hill, ranked No. 1 by The Sun, was almost as dangerous with its second team on the field as with its first team. Coach Bill Stara started subbing heavily after 20 minutes and River Hill leading 1-0 on a Brett Endler goal and Adom Crew assist.
Crew cruised down the left side and passed to Endler cutting down the right side for an easy score. It was Endler's fifth goal and Crew's sixth assist this season.
"We passed well today," said Stara. "The drought took its toll on our practice field, so when we get on the stadium field we look pretty good." The practice field is full of bumps. The stadium field, which was watered during the drought, is in good shape.
Matt Boras coverted off a cross to the back post that Urbana goalkeeper Dan Mulcahy just missed in the 35th minute. Mulcahy made 14 saves, several of them diving ones.
Clif Jackson scored off a header in the 50th minute.
The goals kept flowing as Crew scored his seventh goal off a long throw from Endler.
Second-team players scored the final two goals.
Pat Narron converted a deflection after a long throw-in from Scott Buescher.
And Matt Tedrow scored on a left-footer to the far post.
-- Rick Belz