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Bruins repeat with upset feat

The Baltimore Sun

Broadneck's field hockey team had a lot to celebrate last night.

Not only did the No. 4 Bruins win their second straight Anne Arundel County championship, but they also did so with a 2-0 upset of No. 1 and previously unbeaten Severna Park.

Lyndsi Jackson and Paige Duncan scored the goals, and the host Bruins had fine defensive performances from goalie Maddie Koch, with nine saves, and backs Allison Thornton and Katie Matteo.

Thornton said it would be hard to favor one title over the other.

"Last year was our first time winning counties," she said, "and quite frankly, both times are just as glorious. This is definitely nice because Severna Park has always won. This is their first time losing when they've played."

After the county initiated a title game in 1995, the Falcons won 12 in a row before missing the game last season after losing three regular-season games. Broadneck won its first title over South River.

This season, the Falcons were favored to reclaim the trophy, but they could not rally as they had after falling behind in their 3-1 regular-season win over the Bruins (13-1-1).

Last night, Jackson scored nine minutes into the second half on a fine individual effort, carrying the ball into the circle, firing a shot that ricocheted off goalie Ashley Dalisera's pads and then collecting the rebound for another shot that got past Dalisera.

"I knew they were going to try to come out really hard after that," said Jackson, "because that's what they did in our last game and that's what they do. I just told everyone, and everyone was saying, 'Don't let up. Don't let up.' "

But after that goal, the Falcons (14-1) could not manage a shot before Meghan Eshleman fed Duncan to make it 2-0 with 11:15 to go.

"We had the ball. We just couldn't get it in the goal," said Falcons midfielder Lelan Bailey, whose team had its best chances in the first half. "Second half, I felt we still played good. Our [passing] connection wasn't there. Their defense definitely stepped it up."

This likely won't be the end for the 2008 rivalry between the Falcons and the Bruins. The two could meet in a couple of weeks for the regional championship.

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