St. Paul's keeper Mike Ciattei tied the school's single-season record for shutouts with 11 in yesterday's 3-0 win over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference soccer rival Friends.
Ciattei also has 32 career shutouts for the Crusaders, who are 10-2 in the league and 13-3-2 overall with three games left. Crusaders coach Howard Schindler improved to 129-100-18.
What's one more day?
Because of yesterday's rain, Catonsville's No. 7 field hockey team had to wait an extra day to take a shot at avenging its only loss of the season to Perry Hall.
The Comets (13-1) play host to Perry Hall this afternoon at 3: 45 in the rescheduled Baltimore County championship.
In one of the most intriguing matchups in county field hockey this season, the Comets will try to avenge a 5-3 loss to the Gators (8-2-1). Against their other 13 opponents, the Comets have allowed only six goals and have nine shutouts. Only one other county team, Franklin, scored one goal against them.
The Gators, however, boast a prolific forward line with Lori Baran (17 goals, seven assists), Kathy Baran (2, 6), Kristine Barton (seven goals) and Erin Zimmermann (six, five).
"We really need to focus on a fast game," said Gators coach Deanna Smith, "because we've got the speed, and we need to utilize it to the fullest potential. Basically, we're looking for a battle."
The Comets also have a top attack with Kara MacLeod (19, four), Kristen Brown (eight, seven) and Andrea Denton (six, three) and an excellent transition cog in link Erin Coberth, but coach Kathy Schuyler said the key for her team will be defense.
With Chrissy Blake remaining at sweeper, Schuyler has moved Sarah Starsoneck and Helen Brooks from attack to bolster the back in front of goalie Katie Kirby. That group has allowed only one goal in October.
Sixth-ranked, two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champ McDonogh takes a 19-game football winning streak into tomorrow's game against league-rival Gibbons.
Second-team All-Metro linebacker T.C. Cosby, bound for Penn State on a full football scholarship, and defensive end Ken Sanders (four sacks), have helped coach Dom Damico's Eagles limit league opponents to an average of just over seven points.
Offensively, quarterback Scott Dolch (1,231 yards, 15 TDs) targets receivers Walid Hajj (15 receptions, 355 yards, eight TDs) and Erik King (17, 400, five TDs).
75 years of hockey
Tomorrow, No. 1 Bryn Mawr and No. 3 Roland Park will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first field hockey meeting between the two neighborhood rivals.
The winner takes possession of a pedestalled silver bowl, engraved with the year and the winning school, that has been presented to the champs since 1960. The first bowl ran out of engraving space in 1959.
The Reds (9-3-2) have held the trophy for the past two years. Last year, they ended a 16-game Mawrtians unscored-upon streak in a 2-0 victory.
This year, the host Mawrtains (16-0) are favored.
Kicking into high gear
Although his team is winless in seven games, junior Trevor MacMeekin is kicking up a storm. MacMeekin has booted field goals from 49 and 30 yards, raising his career total to six.
MacMeekin has converted 10 of 11 extra points.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder booted the 49-yarder, his career-high, in the wind during a loss to Parkville three weeks ago.
With a 3.7 grade-point average in honors courses, MacMeekin has already gotten interest from schools such as Tennessee and Texas universities, according to his father, Robert.