Glenelg Country School held off John Carroll for 56 minutes of yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Division field hockey championship. It was the last four minutes that were the problem.
The Patriots (7-3-5) scored twice in the final 3: 52 to take a 2-0 victory for the inaugural IAAM B Division championship at Towson University.
"I don't even know what happened," said Dragons back Megan Reuwer. "We just fell apart. We were worn out, because they have a lot more subs than we do. And I think we panicked."
Hillary Barnes scored the first goal seconds after Glenelg goalie Teresa Church made a save. After the stop, the ball popped off Church's leg pads and caromed to her right. Barnes was unmarked on the post and made the short, open shot.
"Teresa didn't know where [the ball] was," said Reuwer, "and the girl who scored saw it before she did."
The second goal came on scuffle in front of the goal after a penalty corner. With four seconds left, Emily Gray shot the ball out of a crowd past Church (six saves).
Although the Patriots dominated the second half, outshooting Glenelg 8-0, the Dragons had their chances in the first half. They had six penalty corners and three shots, but Patriots goalie Caitlin Smith made two saves and a third shot carried wide.
For the Dragons (5-3-2), who tied the Patriots 1-1 during the regular season, falling in the title game could not diminish the success they have had this season.
"I think they feel good about the way they played," said Dragons coach Mandy Sieverts, whose team was unbeaten against B Division teams during the regular season. "They really have stepped up and they really enjoyed themselves all season."
The Patriots, whose only losses were to A Division teams, have won two straight B Division titles, having taken the last Association of Independent Schools B championship last year.
Pub Date: 11/14/99