The Northern Region's shot at a Virginia AAA singles tennis title ended in the semifinals yesterday.
Madison sophomore Laura Reichert lost to Mills Godwin's No. 2 player, Kate Harrington, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and McLean senior Katelyn Bevard lost to Mills Godwin's No. 1 player, Lindsay Howard, 6-3, 6-4, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
After Reichert topped E.C. Glass's Emily Brimer, 6-1, 6-1, in a quarterfinal earlier in the day, Harrington handed Reichert (23-1) her first loss of the season. Bevard defeated Stafford's Laura Johnson, 6-0, 6-1 in her quarterfinal match before losing to Howard, who will play Harrington for the state title today. Bevard finished the season 15-4; three of the defeats came against Reichert.
"I really think Laura had a great season, and I think that we were both anticipating she would play someone from Mills Godwin," Madison Coach Ernie Tolton said. "This is the first year that she has gone to states, and it's a lot of pressure on a sophomore. I think next year she will come back with a new attitude."
Shooting Delays Start
A shooting near Woodbridge High School delayed the start of the Prince William County field hockey tournament by more than an hour.
County police last night confirmed that a shooting took place in the parking lot of Brittany's Restaurant, in the 12000 block of Dillingham Square in Woodbridge, less than two miles from the high school. Police would not say whether anyone had been injured or arrested.
"It was kind of odd playing with helicopters flying overhead," Forest Park Coach Julie McClellan said. "But I understand they had to take every precaution."
The county field hockey schedule already had been altered and pushed back after last month's sniper shootings and a recent spate of rain, necessitating last night's tripleheader at Woodbridge.
When semifinal play started after 7 p.m., Woodbridge beat Stonewall Jackson, 4-0, and Forest Park followed with a 3-2 victory over Osbourn Park. In the championship match, the host Vikings won, 4-0.
Forwards Kathleen Visstica and Jennifer Ruhe scored two goals apiece as Urbana defeated host Northwest, 5-2, in a Maryland 3A West Region girls' soccer quarterfinal.
"For them, this is right on average," Urbana Coach Nick Cappadora said. "It's very, very good. For us, the average game has been four goals, and it's mostly been the two of them."
Ruhe, a freshman, also had two assists; Visstica, a senior, had one assist for Urbana, which will host Liberty at 7 p.m. Monday. Junior midfielder Kristin Weaver had the fifth goal for the Hawks (13-1-1).
Watkins Mill Advances
Junior forward Luis Bertolo scored in the 21st minute to help Watkins Mill advance to the Maryland 4A West semifinals with a 1-0 victory over visiting Wootton. Bertolo scored on a one-timer off a free kick from center midfielder Geoff Hyde. Goalkeeper John-David Withrow had seven saves to preserve the shutout. . . .
Senior midfielder Ben Saffran scored in the 92nd minute to give Georgetown Day a 3-2 victory over visiting Sidwell Friends in the second sudden-death overtime period. It was both teams' final game of the season.
Staff writer Todd Jacobson and special correspondent Steve Argeris contributed to this report.