Lake Braddock's Ali Froede scores game-winner against W.T. Woodson

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By Greg Schimmel
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, September 28, 2010; 11:38 PM

Ali Froede didn't let a little adversity get in her way in the final minutes of Lake Braddock's matchup with AAA Patriot rival W.T. Woodson.

The senior forward had one apparent goal disallowed because of a controversial illegal high shot call, then scored one with 2 minutes 25 seconds left that counted to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Cavaliers.

"[The disallowed goal] wasn't really near anyone so I thought they would have let it stay," Froede said. "It just really got me more frustrated than anything and made me want to score even more."

Froede's game-winner deflected off an opponent's stick and fluttered high into the cage, and while the referee near the goal looked at the other official before signaling, it looked briefly like the good goal would be disallowed as well.

The Bruins had another disallowed goal seconds before Froede's shot didn't count.

"It's very frustrating because you never know what they're calling sometimes," Lake Braddock Coach Diane Miller said.

Had the Bruins not persevered, they would have regretted the missed chances they squandered on 11 of the 13 penalty corners they earned.

W.T. Woodson senior Eliana Brown temporarily stunned Lake Braddock when she scored on a third-chance rebound with 16:01 left in the game after the Bruins had dominated most of the game.

SMAC rivalry on deck

The Southern Maryland Athletic Conference isn't known for its field hockey because of a lack of feeder programs in the area, but the league's biggest rivalry will reignite on Wednesday.

Leonardtown travels to Patuxent, and barring a major upset on Tuesday, the two squads will be the only remaining undefeated teams in the conference. As is often the case, the winner of this game will have the inside track to the SMAC title.

"We're always going to look ahead to Patuxent," Leonardtown Coach Mia Finkelston said. "I fully expect it to be challenging. The girls are going to have to work hard."

Leonardtown is the historically stronger, more established program, but Patuxent has dominated in recent years.

Panthers Coach Lynn Powell is in her 11th season at Patuxent, and after struggling to keep up with the Raiders in her first five years, her team has won each of the last five meetings.

"They've always been a team everybody wants to beat," Powell said. "I know my girls look up to that program, mostly because I talk about it all the time."

Glenelg looks strong

Perennial power Glenelg is dominating Howard County again, making solid teams in a strong county look like pushovers.

The Gladiators were 4-0 in the county through Monday, and had beaten Reservoir, Mount Hebron, Atholton and River Hill by a combined score of 30-3. Those four programs combined to win 38 games last season.

Junior midfielder Alyssa Parker, an All-Met in 2009, had 15 goals and 12 assists through Glenelg's first seven games, the highest reported totals in the region.


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