Leonardtown senior co-captain Jocelyn Brown scored in the final 11 seconds of regulation to tie host Northern, 1-1, on Friday in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference field hockey game. Brown scored off a penalty stroke with a well-placed shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Both teams failed to score in overtime.
"I have to give them credit, Leonardtown hustled all game long," Northern Coach Jen Shoup said.
Northern's Pam Greenwell was ill during the game with a fever and stomach virus. Though Greenwell played, her condition worsened and she was unable to play against La Plata on Saturday because her temperature rose to 103 degrees, Shoup said.
Greenwell's fever continued into Sunday and she went to the hospital, where she was monitored and given intravenous fluids. She was released hours later after her condition improved.
Greenwell, who missed Northern's season-opening loss to Broadneck, also missed Northern's 5-1 victory against Thomas Stone on Monday.
"We have a lot of girls that can score for us, and even though Pam was missed as more than just a goal scorer, I think the girls realize we have several weapons to this offense," said Shoup, whose team leads the SMAC at 9-0-1.
Shoup said Greenwell may be healthy for Northern's quarterfinal match today against McDonough, though she may rest Greenwell instead.
Change in Goal for La Plata La Plata starting goalie Kerri Bragg sprained the medial collateral ligament in her left knee during practice last week. She has been replaced by freshman goalkeeper Emily Pflaum, sister of last season's starting goalkeeper, Amy Pflaum, who graduated.
Emily Pflaum had a tough first start against Northern in a 3-0 loss Saturday. But hours later she recorded her first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Patuxent.
"She did a good job and had some good saves," La Plata Coach Ed Webster said.
Pflaum is slated to start against Thomas Stone on Thursday in the quarterfinals if Bragg's condition does not improve. Webster said he believes Bragg should be able to play if La Plata reaches the region semifinals.
La Plata's offense may be asked to carry a heavier load in the postseason. Krista Hein has a team-leading nine goals and Tracey Webster has a team-leading six assists.
Hornets Are on a Roll
Sophomore Brittany Boylan scored off an assist from Megan Sevilla in the final 65 seconds to help Great Mills defeat McDonough, 1-0, on Monday. Great Mills (11-2-1, 9-1 SMAC) has built a seven-game winning streak heading into the postseason since losing to Northern in late September.
Shavisha Rice leads the offense with 10 goals, but Coach Michelle Richmond said the Hornets' offense is powered by a variety of players.