A shot off the post proved to be the break Bethesda-Chevy Chase needed before it could win another state title.
Barons senior midfielder Katie Lee had a goal and an assist, including the game-winner with 5 minutes 17 seconds to play, to help No. 2 B-CC win its ninth straight state championship with a 2-1 victory over Towson today in 2A play at Goucher College.
After missed opportunities by both teams, Lee moved into open space in the middle of the circle and slapped a centering pass from Bethany Martin into the back of the net to give B-CC (12-1-2) the win.
"I don't think they saw me coming in," said Lee, who assisted on Courtney Lee's first-half goal to open the scoring. "It was perfect."
Towson (16-2) responded to Courtney Lee's goal less than two minutes into the second half, when Shannon Band deflected in Jocelyn Paul's pass to tie the game. Band came within inches of putting the Generals ahead later in the second half, when her shot at an open goal hit the post.
"I couldn't believe it," said B-CC goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg, who had 11 saves. "I was really excited it hit the post."
Last season the Barons shared the 2A title with Hereford in a game that ended tied at 1. Today's game appeared to be headed for overtime, but key saves from Schlossberg and Katie Lee's goal ensured this title would not have to be shared.
"It's very important," B-CC Coach Amy Wood said about winning the title outright. "It came down to our best player and our goalie."
Big Day for Broadneck
With one swing at a loose ball, Allison Haun did something that had not been done in the Maryland 4A final in two years -- score a goal.
Haun's goal with 3:49 left in regulation gave Broadneck its first state title since 1986, a 1-0 win over last season's 4A co-champion, Westminster.
"It's a wonderful honor," Haun said. "After playing field hockey for nine years, today was just an amazing experience."
Haun's goal was the first in a 4A title game since Severna Park won the title in 2000. Westminster and Quince Orchard played to a scoreless draw last season.
The difference for Broadneck (11-3-0) in the second half was its ability to apply pressure. The Bruins won seven penalty corners, and one set up the game-winner.
Up to that point, it had been a half of near misses for Broadneck. Late in the second half, junior forward Amy Skrickus had several chances from in close but was unable to score against Westminster (7-5-2).
"I was so close," Skrickus said. "But I was so happy for Allison, she deserved it."
Broadneck was seeded third in the 4A East Region and beat top-seeded South River in the regional final to qualify for the state tournament.
"No one expected it," Coach Melissa Quigley said. "But when we got to the playoffs, we won when it counted."
Room at the Top for Two
Eighth-ranked Poolesville made its first appearance in the Maryland 1A title game a memorable one, claiming a share of the state championship after playing Rising Sun to a hard-fought, 1-1 double-overtime draw.
Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules do not allow state championship games to be decided by penalty strokes and instead declares teams co-champions if a game is tied after two 10-minute overtime periods.
"I give hats off to my defense, because they played a heck of a game" said Poolesville Coach Gina Grubb, whose Falcons finished the season 12-1-1. "We deserved this [co-championship], and there are really no words to explain the feeling."
Rising Sun (11-3) dominated play in the latter stage of the first half and grabbed a 1-0 lead at the break, but Poolesville came out with renewed energy early in the second half. With 20 minutes remaining, Poolesville senior forward Michelle Repass scored from among a crowd of players in front of the Rising Sun goal.
Poolesville then got great defensive plays from juniors Kellie Ray and Ashley Loh, and in the second overtime Falcons goalkeeper Lauren Lee came out of the net to stop a breakaway by Tigers senior Julie Moore.
"I knew I had to stop it," Lee said, "because I didn't want to lose."