Because of the unusual number of rainouts this fall, many Virginia field hockey teams still have games to play before regional tournaments start next week. But the playoff picture in Virginia's AAA Northern Region is becoming more clear. Sixteen teams qualify for the tournament, which begins on Wednesday at Oakton High. The top four teams from each of the region's districts qualify.
Patriot District: No. 1 Lake Braddock, West Potomac and Annandale are assured of spots. T.C. Williams might be in the best position to earn the fourth seed.
National District: Yorktown and Mount Vernon will play for the district title today at 4 p.m. at Yorktown. Falls Church and Edison are in third and fourth place, respectively.
Concorde District: No. 3 Centreville, Jefferson and Chantilly have earned playoff spots. Herndon and Oakton will play to decide the fourth spot today in a game that originally was scheduled for yesterday but had to be postponed because of rain.
Liberty District: McLean and Langley have clinched spots, Fairfax is in third place and Madison and Lee are vying for the final spot.
In the AAA Commonwealth District of the Northwest Region, North Stafford and Stafford play today in a game that could decide first place. Culpeper and Fauquier also play in a game that will determine third place. If Fauquier loses, Brooke Point could jump past the Falcons for fourth place.
Severna Park Rolls
Severna Park edged Chesapeake, 1-0, Tuesday in a battle of the top two teams in Anne Arundel County and a preview of tonight's county title game.
Nicki Barnes scored the game's only goal, which came with 1 minute 10 seconds left in the first half. Severna Park rebounded from last week's loss to St. Mary's to finish the regular season at 12-2, 9-0 in the county.
Chesapeake ended the regular season 11-2-1, 8-1-1. The teams meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake for the county title; it will be their fourth meeting in five years for the championship Severna Park has won each time.
The teams could meet again in the first round of the playoffs depending upon what happens in tonight's draw for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regionals. It's a random draw and doesn't take into account records so, conceivably, the teams could draw each other and play three consecutive games. . . .
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Coach Amy Wood said last month that senior forward Mary Havell would be around when the Barons needed key goals. Havell proved her coach correct, scoring seven goals in the last three games. She has 13 goals in the team's 13 games.
Mirasol Is on Move
Carissa Mirasol has been busy lately. The Fairfax High senior is vice president of the school's National Honor Society, secretary of the French Honor Society, secretary of the senior class's student government and plays violin in the school orchestra.
One other thing: Mirasol could be one of the best public school field hockey players in Northern Virginia.
"Carissa Mirasol is one of the best players in the area," said Starr Karl, who coached Mirasol two years ago at Fairfax before leaving to coach Centreville. "She's a very lethal player. If she gets in a breakaway situation, you're in trouble."
Mirasol said she is considering playing field hockey at Cornell, North Carolina, Wake Forest and William & Mary, although she is leaning heavily toward Cornell. She's interested in studying psychology in college and is particularly interested in mental health.
"I like to analyze people," she said.
The forward, who also plays lacrosse in the spring and runs hurdles in the winter, has seven goals for the 5-3 Rebels.
"I find field hockey more challenging," she said. "I feel like I always learn something different. Track is just running."