Lake Braddock brought Centreville's dream season to a close, using a stifling defense to shut out the Wildcats, 2-0, and win the girls Northern Region field hockey championship yesterday at Langley High School.

The Bruins improved to 12-2-1 and advanced to the state tournament, in which they will play Albemarle at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Bruins Coach Diane Miller said: "After we got by {semifinal opponent} Fairfax, they just said, 'We want it too bad. We're going to do everything we have to to get it.' "

Centreville closed its season with an 11-3-1 record, a dramatic improvement over last year's 1-13.

"Centreville's come a long way," Miller said. "They've been packing in their defense and it's been hard for teams to score on them.

"Fortunately I've got a lot of kids who are capable of scoring. It's not just one or two people. When Centreville packed it in on them, they just passed it, which is the beauty of it. It's been a long time coming for Lake Braddock."

The Bruins scored their first goal at 19:52 when Jenni Rinschler took a pass off a penalty corner and redirected it to Beth Morgan. Morgan then pushed it past goalie Stephanie Lowe for the early lead.

"It boosted our confidence and it makes you feel more secure to have the lead," Morgan said. "It's good to have the lead at halftime too. It's a psychological advantage."

The game became physical in the second half as Centreville fought to tie it. The rough play eventually hurt the Wildcats, though, when the Bruins were awarded a penalty stroke after Andrea Frankiewicz was pushed. Rinschler converted the stroke into the lower left corner with just over 10 minutes to play. As the Lake Braddock players celebrated the goal, the Wildcats seemed deflated.

"You could tell as soon as play started again that they were down," defensive back Michelle Birdwell said. "They really wanted it but they weren't playing their game anymore. They were just hacking at it."

Birdwell and her teammates added to Centreville's frustration by controlling the defensive end. Centreville got only two shots in the game, both in the first half.

"Lauren Reitweisaer, Michelle Birdwell, Tiffany Lewis and Lisa Voss have just been incredible this tournament," Miller said, complimenting her defense.

Reitweisaer and Birdwell, along with Frankiewicz, were named to the all-tournament team. Centreville's Cindy Scott, Kareen Ramsby, and Donna Brasek were also named to the team.

"I think if they play the way they're capable of playing and keep up the intensity we should be able to go all the way," Miller said.