The National Cathedral School soccer team capped its season with a 2-0 victory over Stone Ridge on Sunday to win the Independent School League AA tournament title for the fourth straight season.
National Cathedral (10-3-1) got goals from defender Sarah Rosen and midfielder Melissa Krnjaic before halftime and held off the Gators (6-10-1) in the second half.
The win erased National Cathedral's disappointment of not winning the regular season title. It beat Maret and Potomac School to reach the tournament final at Madeira.
The Eagles had a difficult time this season finding scoring outside of Krnjaic. The junior had 18 goals, but she was frequently double- and triple-teamed, and the Eagles were not as effective when she was out of the game.
"Unless Melissa scored goals, we struggled," Coach Richie Burke said. "But one way or the other, we always thought we'd win a championship."
Burke called their 2-1 semifinal victory over the Panthers "the most difficult win I've ever had." Potomac School, the ISL AA regular season champion, played the tournament less then a week after starting defender Vanessa Pean was killed in a car accident.
Marshall a Surprise
Four local teams will take part in the Virginia AAA state field hockey tournament, with the quarterfinals starting Thursday at Virginia Commonwealth University, but none is more surprising than Marshall.
Marshall (18-5) secured its berth with a victory Wednesday over eighth-ranked Westfield in the Northern Region semifinals. For an encore in Thursday's final, the Statesmen defeated three-time defending region titlist and fourth-ranked W.T. Woodson, 2-1, in overtime for the school's first region field hockey title since 1972.
"Everything is a milestone for our school," Marshall Coach Christina Carroll said. "Nobody has had that experience before."
Junior Gina Cappiello scored both goals for the Statesmen.
McGee to Illinois
H.D. Woodson senior quarterback Edward McGee has signed to play for the University of Illinois next season, Warriors assistant coach Larry Williams said.
"I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff," said the 6-foot-4, 186-pound McGee, who will lead the two-time D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association East Division champion Warriors (6-5, 4-0) into their second consecutive playoff appearance on Saturday against defending champion Dunbar. "They want me to focus on developing as a quarterback, and that drew me to them."
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On the Web
Want to know where your school stands in the playoff race? Josh Barr breaks down the playoff scenarios in Maryland today, and will tackle Virginia later in the week at www.washingtonpost.com.