Field Hockey: South Carroll blanks Crisfield to reach Class 1A state final

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Anchored by a pair of second-half goals, South Carroll shut out Crisfield 2-0 on Wednesday in a Class 1A state semifinal played at Broadneck High School to reach its first state championship game in 16 years.

The win puts the Cavaliers into the 1A state final Saturday afternoon at Washington College. The 4 p.m. title game will pit the Cavs against Patuxent, a 3-1 winner over Patterson Mill in the other semifinal.

"We're ecstatic, I mean we were excited to still be playing in November,” said Cavs third-year coach Julie Radnoff. “We have a team full of athletes and we've been building throughout the season and we were building toward the state final and we’re just so excited to be part of it.”

The two goals, some two minutes apart, came early in the second half after a number of near misses in the first half.

The Cavs (10-8) had a good amount of offense in that first half, but nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

“We missed the outside of the cage by two inches four, probably five times in that first half," Radnoff said. “Earlier in the season that would have gotten in our heads, but we just keep plugging along and knew that we were destined to get one in.”

Destiny was right.

South Carroll finally broke through with 22:50 left in the game. Following a corner, the only one for the Cavs in the second half, the ball was played back in from the long hit mark.

The ball was played into the circle by junior Meghan Radnoff to fellow junior Rachel Linn. Linn was able to get her stick on the ball and knock it past Crisfield goalie Taylor Swann.

Recharged by the goal, South Carroll stayed aggressive on the offensive end and it paid off at the 20:09 mark.

Senior Abbey Behn, SC’s scoring leader, notched her 12th goal of the season, unassisted.

That goal brought a timeout from the Crisfield coach.

Out of the timeout, South Carroll nearly added a third goal. Grace Fipps carried a ball into the circle and passed it back to Julia Weiss, who unleashed a shot that was saved by Swann.

The Crabbers had a corner (three for the game) with three minutes left, but like the previous two, it ended with no shot.

South Carroll goalie Rachel Hagler finished with six saves, while Swann had 14 saves for the Crabbers (10-6).

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