The Spalding field hockey team applied enough early pressure to frighten the Roland Park defense in yesterday's IAAM A Conference field hockey title game.
It had one deflected goal wiped out, and a kicked ball nullified another score. From there the momentum swung enough the other way, and Roland Park of Baltimore got a goal by junior forward Daniella Faust late in the opening half and held on for a 1-0 win at the University of Maryland.
"I think a lot of girls were frustrated," Spalding defender Katie Monaghan said. "I think it's a letdown to have two goals that . . . would have given you the absolute lead in the game taken away. It's a hard game to score in."
It only got tougher for the Cavaliers (12-7-3), who were making their second straight trip to the conference title game. Spalding, the only Anne Arundel county team to have reached the league's title game, lost last year, 2-1, to St. Paul's.
In the early going, a hard Spalding shot from outside the circle deflected into the goal, but after the two officials conferred, the goal was taken away.
That play, however, was the one that seemed to refocus Roland Park (14-5-3) and its defense.
"I think we got settled down, definitely got more intense and got all of our jitters out," Roland Park defender Barbara Seaman said.
When the ball goes in the goal, "it's scary because you never know."
The Cavaliers applied one last push, winning the only penalty corner of the second half late in the game.
However, the Roland Park defense wouldn't let Spalding's forwards get into prime goal-scoring positions.
Their defenders "were their foundation down there," Monaghan said. "They kept the ball out of there. That was good for them and not as good for us."
Faust scored 4 minutes and 30 seconds before halftime, and from there the defense was able to make it stand despite Roland Park's offense not winning one penalty corner in the second half.
Model Wins V-Ball Crown
Model became the second team other than Maret over the past six years to win the Independent School League AA volleyball tournament title, beating the Frogs, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21, at National Cathedral School.
Model (14-4) captured its first title in eight years, and it was the school's first victory over Maret (17-5) since 1991 thanks to a strong defensive effort from Amanda Biskupiak (18 digs) and Sarah Martin (28 digs). Maret had won four consecutive tournament titles between 1999 and 2002 before National Cathedral School won it last year.
"In the beginning of the year, I told the girls that defense would win a championship," Model Coach Lin Ray Boern said through an interpreter. "They didn't seem to buy into until the last two weeks. . . . Maret is the closet rivalry we have, and it's a thrill to be able to beat them. They're one of the toughest competitors."
Earlier in the afternoon, Episcopal won the ISL A tournament, 25-16, 18-25, 26-24, 25-23, over Madeira.