An Oct. 25 Sports article incorrectly said McDonough High School's Brandon Gross scored three goals in the Rams' 4-1 boys' soccer victory over Westlake. He scored two, and B.J. Jamieson and Brian Richter each scored one for McDonough. (Published 11/4/2005)

Brandon Gross and his McDonough teammates knew their first Southern Maryland Athletic Conference boys' soccer title would not be complete without a victory over rival Westlake. Three times this season, the teams tried to play. Three times they were rained out.

So hours after the playoff pairings were announced, McDonough, the top seed in the Maryland 2A South, finally got its chance at the Wolverines, the 3A South's top seed. In the driving rain, Gross netted a hat trick en route to a 4-1 victory in a game in which the winner would have earned the SMAC title.

"We had this in our heads all season," said Gross, who has 17 goals, and is one of 11 seniors on the team. "We've played four years from JV to varsity and hung on to this."

Each cancellation only teased the Rams (12-1-1 overall, 9-1-1 SMAC) more but made the title-clinching victory all the more satisfying.

"On a scale of one to ten, a ten," said Rams Coach Matt Petricoin, measuring his team's frustration with the rainouts.

11 Straight for Severna Park

Severna Park sophomore Allison Behringer's hit with three minutes left in overtime reached the stick of sophomore forward Hayley Rausch along the left post, and Rausch's tap-in for her third goal gave the second-ranked Falcons a 3-2 win over No. 9 South River and their 11th consecutive Anne Arundel County field hockey title.

Behringer just missed on a shot with two minutes left in regulation but made up for it in overtime when Severna Park (14-1) was awarded a penalty corner.

South River (11-3-1), the 4A state champion, lost the county title game for the fourth consecutive year.

Md. Golf Finals Up in the Air

Wet conditions in the area could cancel the second and final day of the Maryland 4A/3A golf championships being played at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

If the course is closed because of unsuitable playing conditions today, the results from yesterday's competition in 4A/3A will be final, and the 2A/1A competition scheduled to be played today will be moved to tomorrow, giving those classifications a one-day tournament. If playing conditions are deemed unsuitable by the course supervisor both today and tomorrow, the 2A/1A championships will be cancelled.

"We knew [this situation could occur] going in," said Jeff Ibex, chairman of the state golf committee. "Mother Nature jumps up and kicks you sometimes, and there's nothing you can do about that."

Devin Kay of Churchill, Taylor Murdoch of Northwest, Vincent Hancock of La Plata and Sam Hoffer of Northern each shot 1-over 72 to tie for the 4A/3A lead.

In the 4A/3A girls' tournament, Kelly Lynch of Severna Park has a two-stroke lead after shooting 75.

-- Josh Barr, Alan Goldenbach,

Daniel Lyght and Dave Yanovitz