Mary Havell again came through in the clutch for the No. 1 Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey team. Havell scored two goals and assisted on three others today to lead the Barons to a 7-0 victory over Parkside of Wicomico County in a Maryland 2A semifinal at Goucher College.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which improved to 17-1, will play Mount Hebron here Saturday to decide the state title. The Barons will be trying for their sixth straight state championship and eighth of the decade. B-CC defeated Mount Hebron, 3-1, in the final two years ago.
Today against Parkside (6-10), one of the tournament's surprise teams, Havell redirected a ball into the goal just 5 minutes 26 seconds into the game--and followed that by knocking in a loose ball 14 minutes later to give B-CC a 2-0 advantage.
"She's come up with big goals for three years," Bethesda-Chevy Chase Coach Amy Wood said. "The team follows her lead."
B-CC, which outshot Parkside 44-1, also got two goals from Amelia Snider.
Senior Shannon Woodward scored midway through the first half to help 10th-ranked Long Reach beat Calvert, 2-1, and send the Columbia school into the final, where it will play defending champion Fallston of Harford County here Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
"This is a dream come true for us," Long Reach Coach Kelly Snyder said. "The determination this team showed to get here was amazing. Winning a state championship this season was our goal, and now we have one more game to stay focused."
Long Reach (13-2-2) took immediate control when senior center midfielder Jessica Burkhardt scored off an assist from Woodward to give the Lightning a 1-0 advantage seven minutes into the first half.
Calvert (14-1-2), which entered today's game undefeated for the first time in school history, tied the score at 1 when its leading scorer, senior Caitlin Galligan, scored her 13th goal of the season.
The score would remain tied until five minutes remained in the half. Woodward scored the winning goal off an assist from Burkhardt.
"This is a phenomenal accomplishment for us considering four years ago our players didn't even know what field hockey was," Snyder said. "Back then, we just wanted to get out of a game alive, and now here we are playing for the state title." . . .
In the other 3A semifinal, junior midfielder Stephanie Yancone scored on a penalty stroke and senior Kellie Watts scored with 2:29 remaining to secure a 2-0 victory for Fallston over Richard Montgomery.
The Cougars (14-3) were led by senior goalie Ashley Staples, who saved four shots for her fourth shutout. Richard Montgomery ends its season 12-3-1.
Katie Jeschke scored on a blast from just inside the circle with 6:25 remaining to lead Mount Hebron past Hereford, 1-0.