The whistle finally blew and the shots at Bethesda-Chevy Chase goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg finally ended.

There were no more breakaways to be stopped, no more loose balls to clear or screened shots to block away. All that was left for the three-year starter to do was join the rest of her team in celebrating its ninth straight Maryland field hockey championship, a 2-1 win over Towson last Saturday.

"It was a great feeling," said Schlossberg, who had to make three saves in the closing minute to preserve the win. "At the very end, they were really on the offensive, but we all knew that we weren't going to let it in."

If any season could have rattled the confidence of a team it would have been this one.

At an early season tournament hosted by Roland Park, the Barons were outplayed by No.1 St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in a game where Schlossberg gave up three of the seven goals she allowed this season.

"She was very upset," said Barons Coach Amy Wood. "She didn't think any could get by her, and that was part of the problem."

Keeping the Barons focused during the stretch of sniper shootings was a different challenge all together.

While the focus remained primarily on field hockey, Wood engaged the team in other activities. There were, among other things, team handball and a musically themed pumpkin carving contest to help break up the three-week monotony of being inside.

"We had really started to click," Schlossberg said about the time before being inside. "But at the same time we had started to take our season for granted. We played a lot better once we got out of the gym."

The first game back outside for B-CC was its opening round playoff game against Wheaton, which the Barons won 11-1.

Schlossberg, who is one of seven starters that the Barons must replace to defend its title again next season, helped her team win three titles in completely different ways during her run as the starting goalie.

During the 2000 season, the Barons out-scored their opponents 106-6 while Schlossberg gained game experience.

The following season, B-CC's 37-game winning streak ended against rival Holton-Arms and the playoffs ended with the Barons sharing the 2A title with Hereford.

"Every season's just been really different," Schlossberg said. "When I was on the 2000 team, I didn't realize how good it was until after the fact. It didn't click with me how hard we worked."

After a slow start, Bethesda-Chevy Chase concluded its season by celebrating a ninth straight Maryland 2A title with a 2-1 victory over Towson last Saturday.