The Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey team's run of 18 consecutive state tournament appearances ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss to top-seeded North Carroll in the Maryland 3A West Region tournament final. North Carroll scored midway through the first half, and the fifth-ranked Barons were unable to capitalize on several quality scoring chances.
"We didn't win the game because we beat ourselves today," B-CC Coach Amy Wood said. "I'll probably think about it for a long time. We just didn't play well."
B-CC outshot North Carroll 15-1, Wood said. The Barons won the Maryland 3A title last season and won 10 of the last 11 state crowns.
"We didn't play our game, and I wish we had," Wood said. "It just wasn't our day." B-CC finished 11-3-2.
Bruins Win County Title
Broadneck defeated South River in the Anne Arundel County volleyball championship match, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12.
"It feels awesome," said sophomore hitter Ali Malesick, who had five kills and three blocks as the Bruins won their third county championship.
The Seahawks stretched the Bruins to five games in their Oct. 18 match, but the Bruins pulled out a win there as well.
"A lot of teams in this [county] have a lot of talent," said Broadneck Coach Romonzo Beans. "To be able to be competitive with them feels good because we know that we've earned it."
Hitter Kanishia Sheppard had six kills and Laura Sargeant had four kills and four blocks, while setter Stephanie Carey had 26 assists for the Bruins.
The Bruins will begin the hunt for a repeat 4A state title next week against the winner of today's match between Chesapeake and Thomas Stone.
Senior Tasha Klares scored on a penalty stroke to lead host Patuxent past Glenelg, 1-0, in the 2A South Region field hockey final.
Because the game was tied after two overtimes, it was decided by penalty strokes, which are only used in the playoffs. Mary Strain, Kelsea Bullock and Klares scored on consecutive penalty strokes to clinch Patuxent's first regional title.
Senior goalie Whitney Thomas finished with 11 saves -- including five in overtime -- and stopped all of Glenelg's penalty strokes.
"Every year, we've gotten bigger and bigger," Klares said. "My first year we finished second in the [Southern Maryland Athletic Conference], last year we won it, and this year we won the region. We're taking it all the way. We're going as far as we possibly can with this."
S. River to Semifinals
Freshman Stephanie Peterson's goal off a shot by teammate Molly Gregoire with 17 seconds remaining lifted No. 7 South River to a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Broadneck in the 4A East Region field hockey final.
Host Broadneck took a 1-0 lead with less than four minutes left on Karri Ellen Johnson's goal, prompting the defending 4A state champion Seahawks to call a timeout. Abigail McNair then scored off a pass from Melissa Bierley with 1 minute 10 seconds left on a play that began with a penalty-corner play-in. Broadneck lost possession in the final minute, and when South River drew another penalty corner, Peterson knocked in Gregoire's shot to send South River to the 4A state semifinals next week against Churchill.
"I tried to rally the girls a little bit [during the timeout], get them pumped up, and told them they had to get the ball in the cage to continue on our journey to states," Seahawks Coach Katie Corcoran said,
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