The Spalding field hockey team has one more chance to end its scoring drought against Bryn Mawr.
In two meetings this season, the Cavaliers have dropped 1-0 decisions against the Baltimore school. Those scores would be forgotten about quickly if Spalding could win on the road today in an IAAM A conference semifinal.
"We've played them very well," Spalding Coach Leslee Brady said. "I think we feel confident that we can hold them scoreless. If we can score first, that's going to put a lot of pressure on them."
The Cavaliers, who reached the conference championship game for the first time in school history last season, already have been challenged in the playoffs. On Tuesday, junior midfielder Christine Roth scored the game-winner on a penalty corner in double overtime to beat Notre Dame Prep.
However, there are 10 seniors on this year's team who remember what it took to get to that championship game -- an advantage they didn't have last year against eventual champion St. Paul's.
"They didn't play scared or anything," Brady said, "but I'm sure deep down, experience played a role."
Quinn Commits, Then Saves
It's been a pretty good week for DeMatha's Andrew Quinn. After unofficially committing to Notre Dame, the senior goalkeeper made two key saves in the second-ranked Stags' penalty kick victory against Good Counsel in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference soccer quarterfinal on Tuesday.
After a scoreless game, Quinn forced an extra round of penalty kicks when he dived the wrong way but still saved a Good Counsel defender's shot with his feet.
DeMatha senior midfielder P.J. Lynch converted the winning penalty kick as the Stags won the shootout, 4-3.
DeMatha advances to Saturday's semifinal match against O'Connell while Bishop Ireton will host No. 8 Gonzaga in the other semifinal.
As well as Quinn has played, however, DeMatha Coach Dafydd Evans still isn't quite ready to dub him the starting goalkeeper for the Stags (12-0-4). DeMatha also has senior goalkeeper Andrew Bentley, who is drawing interest from top Division I schools and is "just as capable of starting," Evans said.
"I think the one reason that Quinn has stayed so sharp is because of Bentley," Evans said. "They keep each other up in practice, and after a streak like ours [one loss in 35 games], you need every bit of motivation you can get." . . .
Whitman's 2-1 victory over then-No. 7 Magruder on Monday in the Maryland 4A West Region boys' soccer quarterfinals was a sweet turnaround for a seven-time state championship program that has struggled this season.
Vikings Coach Dave Greene said Whitman has grown considerably this season despite youth and one of the area's most challenging schedules. Whitman (6-9-1) endured an 0-5-1 streak midway through the season, including a 3-1 loss to Magruder on Oct. 22.
Junior midfielder Scott Veidenheimer had the game-winner against Magruder (12-3-1) Monday, scoring with seven minutes left.
Grady's Happy Accident
Although Mount Hebron senior Sarah Grady said she wasn't trying to score on a free kick from just beyond the left side of the penalty area, it ended up looking that way.
Grady's high, arching cross early in the second half nestled into the upper-right hand corner of the goal, giving the Vikings a 1-0 victory over Wilde Lake in a Maryland 3A East Region girls' soccer quarterfinal on Monday night in Ellicott City.
"I was trying to cross it, but I don't think I could have hit that shot in practice," Grady said of her team-high 10th goal of the season. "So I was surprised when it went in."
Fourth-seeded Mount Hebron (10-5) faces a tougher test tomorrow, when it plays at Howard County champion Centennial (10-1-1). Mount Hebron lost to Centennial, 2-0, during the regular season.
Staff writer Jon Gallo contributed to this report.