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No. 7 Westminster field hockey beats Linganore for state title

Westminster players celebrate following the Owls' 2-0 win over Linganore in Saturday's Class 3A state final in Chestertown Nov. 8, 2014.
Westminster players celebrate following the Owls' 2-0 win over Linganore in Saturday's Class 3A state final in Chestertown Nov. 8, 2014. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

CHESTERTOWN — Mackenzie Tarlow made sure to savor every minute of her final season playing field hockey at Westminster. The Owls senior forward dealt with a hip injury all year, and said she wasn't sure which game would be her last.

Tarlow's finale came Saturday in the Class 3A state championship at Washington College, and she made the most of her experience. Her two goals powered the No. 7 Owls past Linganore, 2-0, and helped Westminster capture its ninth state title and third in five seasons.

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"For me it was always just play my hardest," Tarlow said. "And if it's my last game, I want it to be the game that I do the best in. That played a big role in the season for me."

Westminster (16-1-2) closed out the fall on a six-game winning streak and outscored its playoff opponents 12-1.

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Both teams seemed to have difficulty solving Washington College's new turf field and its nuances – a flood storm damaged the old field in August and the new surface wasn't deemed playable unplayable until late October – and Tarlow said the Owls didn't really adjust until after halftime.

The Owls notched the game's first goal in the final minute of the first half, when senior midfielder Readie Russell found Tarlow standing on the left post and sent her a pass. Tarlow tapped in the cross and gave Westminster a 1-0 lead, and some momentum.

Tarlow scored her second goal with 7:32 to play when she knocked in a Madi Macera pass from right to left.

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