Parkside 2, Patuxent 0

As if to underscore how hard it was to even make if this far, Patuxent allowed its first goal of the postseason in its first state final and was never able to recover.

Sisters Katy and Stacey Lamboni each scored last night to give Parkside a 2-0 win over Patuxent in the Maryland 2A field hockey final at the University of Maryland. The win gave Parkside the first title in its program's history.

The Panthers (14-3), who had survived overtime against Howard and penalty strokes against both Glenelg and Hereford without allowing a goal, found themselves trailing only 57 seconds into yesterday's game when Katy Lamboni fired in a shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner.

"It was definitely a great shot on goal, I don't want to take anything from her," Patuxent Coach Lynn Powell said. "I think coming in for the first time we were all -- including myself -- struck by all this. We just came out a little flat."

The Rams (14-4) scored their second goal with 22 minutes 34 seconds left when Kristin Pepper's shot from the deep right corner deflected off goalie Whitney Thomas's pads and Stacey Lamboni poked in the rebound.

It seemed the Panthers' lack of offensive pressure caught up to them. They managed only three shots on goal against Hereford in the semifinal but were saved by a stellar defensive effort. Last night, Patuxent was outshot 6-0.

"We had opportunities. We just couldn't get it to the goal," Powell said, "There was just a line of defense that we couldn't get through."

Senior Mary Strain is overcome after Patuxent's loss in its first state final. The Panthers had not previously allowed a goal in the postseason.