Howard 4, Southern 1

Howard forward Katie Sullivan picked the right time to leave her mark on the Lions' season.

Sullivan, a junior, scored twice in the first half yesterday to lead host Howard to a 4-1 victory over Southern and helped the Lions advance to the South Region quarterfinals in the Maryland 2A field hockey playoffs.

"It felt so good because I haven't scored that much this season, and we haven't had such a good record," Sullivan said. "I'm glad that we got to play because we were all so pumped for the game."

Southern (1-10-1) earned just two penalty corners in the game.

"It was a tough season, not just today," Southern senior forward Catherine Anastasi said after her final game.

Sullivan started the scoring for Howard (4-8) when she knocked in a loose ball just more that eight minutes into the game, and backhanded in her second goal to make it 2-0 with 13 minutes 19 seconds to play in the first half, pacing the Lions to a 3-0 halftime lead -- a sharp contrast to Howard's 5-0 loss to Long Reach on Monday.

"That's normally where we are, two corners, four corners," Howard Coach Rick Oursler said.

"We've struggled offensively, but we've come close a couple of games to opening it up."

Freshman Ashley Oursler made the score 4-0 when she scored on a penalty corner just more than seven minutes into the second half, and the Lions' defense didn't give up a goal until Caitlin Dowling scored with seven minutes to play.

Howard travels to top-seeded Owings Mills for its quarterfinal game on Thursday.

"Realistically, I know that neither [Southern] nor us is headed to the state championship, is my guess," Rick Oursler said.

"I understand that I shouldn't run away scared, but I should look for a tough game."