BALTIMORE, NOV. 7 -- Walter Johnson Coach Candy Thurman clutched her stuffed duck so hard throughout the game it seemed as though she might strangle it. In the end, though, the good-luck piece couldn't push the Wildcats over the top as Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored a 2-1 overtime victory in a Maryland field hockey Class 4A semifinal today at Goucher College.
Jessica Resnick scored on the opening penalty stroke and the Wildcats' Catherine Chamberlin missed wide right to give the Barons the victory in a rematch of last year's title game, won by Walter Johnson, 1-0.
On Saturday, B-CC meets Severna Park in what will be a rematch of the 1988 final. The Falcons were 1-0 winners over Westminster today.
"You feel intensely pressured with so much depending on you," Resnick said. "Everyone's watching you and it's all on your shoulders but you can't think about it. I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and luckily I did."
Resnick's penalty stroke sneaked into the lower right corner of the goal barely past Meghan McCormack. Chamberlin's shot missed the right post by about a foot.
"It's a real hard way to lose," Thurman said. "B-CC played well the first part of the first half, then I think we outplayed them the rest of the way. They were wonderful. It was probably the best game I've seen in ten years."
"I've said it over and over again," B-CC Coach Mike Carroll said. "These kind of games at the state level are won with 50 percent skill and 50 percent luck."
B-CC raised its record to 13-1. Walter Johnson finishes at 12-2-1, with both losses to the Barons.
Walter Johnson pressed hard offensively from the start today, but just six minutes in, B-CC scored.
Jessie Belkin redirected a pass off a penalty corner to Emily Kelley, who then beat McCormack to the lower left corner.
The Wildcats rallied late in the half but goalie Jessica Milhollin was up to the challenge. Karen Rhoades brought the ball deep into B-CC territory and shot from short range. Milhollin turned that one away, then stopped another shot as Chamberlin followed with a hard smash. Rhoades tried again a minute later with two shots from in close, but Milhollin turned them back too. In all, Milhollin had 11 saves.
At 42:22, the Wildcats finally broke through. Tammy Walters blasted a shot off a penalty corner that deflected off Milhollin's pads. The ball went directly to Monica English on the left side, and she knocked it into the goal to tie the score at 1.
In the other game, Severna Park dominated Westminster defensively as Rachel Kidwell had to turn aside but three shots to register the shutout.
Amy Dolan scored 17 minutes in to provide the Falcons with all they would need.
"It was a long pass and I cut into it because there was no one on my side," Dolan said. "I knew it would be a goal and I drove it into the left-hand corner. I'm psyched to play B-CC because we lost to them two years ago in the finals."Walter Johnson 0 1 0 1 Bethesda-Chevy Chase 1 0 1 2
GOALS -- BCC: Jessie Belkin (6:00); Jessica Resnick (penalty stroke); WJ: Monica English (42:22).
ASSISTS -- BCC: Emily Kelley; WJ: Tammy Walters.
SHOTS -- BCC 12, WJ 5.
SAVES -- BCC: Jessica Milhollin (12-11), WJ: Meghan McCormack (5-4). Westminster 0 0 0 Severna Park 1 0 1
GOALS -- Amy Dolan (17:00).
ASSISTS -- None.
SHOTS -- SP 10, W 3.
SAVES -- SP: Rachel Kidwell (3-3); W: (10-9).
Lake Braddock and Centreville advanced to the Virginia Northern Region final with 1-0 victories yesterday at Langley. Lake Braddock (11-2-1) defeated Fairfax (15-1) on a goal by Stefanie Teter 12:39 into the game. Centreville (11-2-1) defeated Madison (13-2-1) as Donna Brasek scored with 1:26 to play. The final is Friday at 1:30 at Langley.