Westminster wins 3A East field hockey championship
By By Pat Stoetzer
Baltimore Sun Media Group|
Oct 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM
Madi Macera came to Westminster High School this year wanting to make sure people knew her as more than Meghan Macera's little sister.
Easier said than done, considering Meghan left the Owls field hockey program with 69 career goals and a pair of state championships. But the younger Macera has quickly grown into a solid player, and now she has a signature moment.
Freshman forward Madi Macera took advantage of the No. 11 Westminster field hockey team's uneven home turf Thursday and knocked in the game-winning goal for the Owls, who clipped Chesapeake-AA, 1-0, to win the Class 3A East championship.
"We play very different, so I think that [I'm] showing everyone that I'm definitely a different player," said Macera, who has been associated with the field hockey program for some time. "Just like not the same person as she was."
Like her older sister, Meghan Macera, who left the Westminster program with 69 career goals, Madi Macera has discovered how to traverse the Owls' field and use its quirks to her advantage. She did just that midway through the second half, when Westminster (14-1-2) found itself on a fast-break scoring opportunity.
Senior midfielder Tori McDonald sent a pass to Macera down the middle, and Macera let the ball bounce between a pair of Chesapeake defenders before gathering some speed and getting her body in the right position.
Cougars goalie Courtney Johnson lowered her body to try to keep the ball in front of her, but Macera shot it between her legs and was there to hammer it into the cage when it came out from behind Johnson's pads.
"We play on [our field] all summer, and by the time the season is here we're just ready to go," Macera said. "I think that we grow playing with it."
No. 5 Broadneck 2, South River 0: The Seahawks defense held for one half, but the host Bruins (12-2-2) broke through in the second half of a Class 4A East section final.
Eric Hertel and Nate Wakins scored for Broadneck, which advances to face the winner of Arundel/Chesapeake-AA in Tuesday's region championship.
No. 3 Bel Air 1, No. 11 C. Milton Wright 0: Shannon Williams scored with 25 minutes left to give the host Bobcats (15-1) the win in the Class 3A North section II final over the Harford County rival Mustangs.
Renie Tsomos sent a corner kick to the middle that was headed on goal by Elizabeth Hillman. The shot was cleared off the goal line by a Mustangs defender but right in front to Williams, who headed it home. C. Milton Wright finished with a 13-3-1 mark.
St. Mary's 2, Friends 0: Maddie Byrne scored the Saints' first goal and Sarah DeWitt added another late in the first half to win in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference semifinal round.
The Saints will play Roland Park (15-3-1) on Sunday in the championship game at Stevenson University.
St. Mary's is going for its their first conference title since winning three straight A Conference titles from 2000 to 2002.
—Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group
No. 13 Manchester Valley 2, North Carroll 0: Junior forward Jamie Rienhimer, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, scored her team's first goal and helped the Mavericks oust the Panthers.
Manchester Valley (13-1-1) and North Carroll (2-11-2), separated by only a few miles in northern Carroll County, both had byes into the sectional final. The Mavericks move on to play Havre de Grace for the 1A South title.
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