Long Reach makes stand, weathers River Hill rush, 1-0; Franks' first-half goal is enough for Lightning; Field hockey


A year ago, Long Reach outplayed Mount Hebron in the field hockey playoffs but lost. Yesterday, Long Reach's Jessica Burkhardt learned, at the expense of River Hill, how it is on the other side.

"I feel their pain so much. It's really hard," said Burkhardt, after the Lightning's 1-0 victory in the Class 3A North region quarterfinal at Long Reach. "We've been in their shoes."

Brandi Franks scored 6: 19 into the game when she put back a deflection off the goalie. The rest of the first half was even.

The second half, however, belonged to River Hill (5-7-2), which had lost and tied Long Reach in the regular season.

"They played very well," Burkhardt said. "They were all over us."

River Hill senior Kristi Kruger, who never played a home playoff game, said her team "played our hearts out. I think if you ask anyone, we won the game, just not on the scoreboard.

"We definitely dominated the second half and I feel we deserved to win," Kruger added. "We had plenty of opportunities, we just didn't put it in the goal."

Said River Hill coach Martha Henderson, whose team took more shots and corners: "I'm sick of outplaying a team and losing. If you outplay a team you should beat them."

Henderson, whose team suffered its third straight shutout, said the Hawks did not execute well in the circle.

"We didn't shoot the ball when we needed to. We played with it too much," Henderson said.

Long Reach goalie Jay Lance had 10 saves, and got help from Theresa Heston and Linda Nguyen.

"We played great defense," said Long Reach coach Kelly Snyder, whose team will play at Wilde Lake on Tuesday. "They didn't panic. They played smart."

Hammond 1, Centennial 0: Stacey Umberger scored off a penalty corner with 39 seconds left to play to lift the visiting Golden Bears in the Class 2A South region quarterfinal game.

Hammond's Amy Hafets received the hit, then passed to Courtney Vaughen, who sent the ball toward the goal. The ball came off Centennial keeper Donna Boccuzzi, and Rachel Donahue picked it up and passed to Umberger, who scored.

"I'm very proud of them," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik. "We played an excellent game."

Hammond, which split with the Eagles in the regular season, will play host to Lackey on Tuesday. The Golden Bears improved to 8-4-2; Centennial fell to 9-5-1.

"It was a very good game," said Petrlik, who complimented the play of her goalie, Erin Podolny (six saves). "The teams were evenly matched.

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