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2008 Division Champions

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by Bruce Becker
BCC vs. Churchill
After an emotional “Senior Night” celebration honoring the Lady Barons’ five elder statesmen, the BCC field hockey team took the field with Montgomery County’s Central Division championship on the line.
The visiting Churchill Bulldogs went on the attack in the early going, challenging senior Julia Pernick and the rest of the defensive line. An early penalty corner appeared to cause some trouble for the Barons, but senior goalkeeper Clare Vieth made a good kick save to put an end to the threat.
BCC began to mount some offense: senior midfielder Catherine Mirsky made some threatening runs with the ball, slashing through the Churchill defense, but no goal. Senior forward Mimmy Wenzel attacked up the left wing, causing the visitors some trouble, along with junior Paige Donlley on the right. Finally, at ten minutes into the game, Mirsky teamed up with fellow senior captain Clare Becker for the first goal of the night. Becker inserted a corner, Mirsky controlled it and sent it back toward the goal. Becker took the pass and knocked it past the goalkeeper into the cage.
Two and a half minutes later, Becker added a second goal after an assist from Paige Donnelley during a scramble in front of the Churchill goal. Suddenly the Barons had a two-goal lead on one of the strongest teams in the county! Now, all that was left to do was to protect a lead for more than three quarters of the game against a team that had only lost one game all season.
Churchill pushed back aggressively to try to make up the difference. Junior defenders Sunny Cobb, Meredith Storm and Ruth Andrews had to hustle to chase down the Bulldog attacks. With two minutes left in the half, Churchill knocked a good shot just wide, and the Barons breathed a sigh of relief as the halftime whistle blew.    
In the second half, the tension continued, as the Bulldogs continued to attack, and were turned away. Midfielders Charlotte Kettler and Rachel Ruda helped to turn the Churchill team back, time and again. Kelsey Kiser and Jenn Dewey bolstered the attack, but the scoreboard would never change. In the end, BCC held on to a two goal lead, and the Central Division championship.
BCC 2; Churchill 0
Goals: Becker, 2
Assist: Mirsky 1; Donnelley 1

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