Having most of the best competition at the end of the season allowed Catonsville first-year field hockey coach Lindsey Springer to build momentum. Yesterday, the Comets hit a season high when they upset No. 10 Towson, 3-2, to stand on the verge of earning a berth in the Baltimore County championship game.
Lisa Musacchio scored two goals, including the game winner on a penalty corner with 11 minutes left in the game, to boost the Comets to 4-2 in Baltimore County's Heron Division with only this morning's game at Loch Raven remaining. With a win today, the Comets (8-2 overall) would clinch a berth in Thursday night's title game with No. 9 Hereford.
"In the beginning, there's always rough times, but you work through them to become the best team you can be," Musacchio said. "We definitely had something to look forward to. We knew we had to get better because we had the top teams to play."
Yesterday at Towson, Shelby Polk put the Comets on the board just six minutes into the game, but the Generals took the lead with 5:41 left on consecutive penalty corner goals from Emily Benjamin and Caitlin Powers.
The lead lasted only 14 seconds as Musacchio got the jump on the Generals to tie at 2-2.
With 11:04 left, Abby Sneeringer took a shot off a corner play that Towson goalie Emily Coccagna saved, but Musacchio punched in the rebound for the game winner.
The Generals, who scored on their only two shots of the game, had a chance in the waning seconds on a pair of penalty corners, but time expired on their hopes to force overtime.
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NO. 2 FALLSTON 3, NORTH HARFORD 1: : : Krissy Fusco scored two first-half goals and Caitlin Dempsey assisted on all three goals as the host Cougars (12-1, 5-0) clinched the Chesapeake Division title and advanced to next week's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference final.
NO. 3 GARRISON FOREST 4, SEVERN 0: : Catie Merrick scored four goals to power the visiting Grizzlies (12-1-1) past the Admirals in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
NO. 6 BRYN MAWR 3, NO. 5 SOUTH RIVER 1: : Paige Hanson had a goal and an assist as the host Mawrtians (11-2-1) defeated the Seahawks (9-2). Bryn Mawr took a 3-0 lead before South River scored with 15:52 left in the game.
NO. 8 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 3, ROLAND PARK 0: : Jacey Herbert, Taylor McCaffrey and Kat Garner scored to lead the Cavaliers (10-4-1) over the host Reds (2-9-2) in an IAAM A Conference game.
NO. 11 GLENELG 2, HAMMOND 0: : Mary Kate Olson and Julie Corona scored first-half goals to lead the Gladiators (10-2) in a Howard County league game.
NO. 1 MCDONOGH 7, ST. MARY'S 0: : Margaret Smith scored three goals as the Eagles improved to 16-0-1. Ashley Spivey, Eboney Hutt and Lexi Goldstein had a goal and an assist each in the IAAM A Conference match.
NO. 2 FALLSTON 2, MOUNT HEBRON 1: : Penelope Fantis scored the game winner with 4:50 left, taking a cross from Monica Fischer and one-touching it into the corner as the Cougars improved to 9-0 with a win on the road. The Cougars took an early lead on Kaylie Yapps' goal to open the second half, but the Vikings (5-5) tied the game in the 50th minute on Jessica Giles' goal.
NO. 14 CENTURY 2, LIBERTY 1: : Sabrina Buteau and McKenzie Reid each scored to lift the visiting Knights (7-2-2) over the Lions (6-3-3). Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the second half before Century scored twice in the final 20 minutes of play.