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B-CC tops QO in 2-OT thriller

Posted Monday, October 20, 2008 by The Gazette
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
B-CC tops QO in 2-OT thriller
Becker sets up tying goal, scores winner in battle of the titans
by Peter Samp | Special to The Gazette
Just a few days ago, The Gazette's midseason field hockey report suggested traditional field hockey powers Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Quince Orchard have been surpassed by other programs.
It may already be time to rethink that.
In the past week, the Barons defeated an 8-3 Churchill team and the Cougars knocked off two teams with winning records, Poolesville and Good Counsel. When they met Thursday, the Barons topped the Cougars, 2-1, in double overtime.
The final game of the regular season for both squads began with a light drizzle, but nothing would slow the pace of the game. Both teams went up and down in the first half, but neither side could take an early lead.
Alexandra Jamison scored off a rebound for the Cougars midway through the second half to start the scoring. Then with just minutes to go in the game, captain Clare Becker made a long run down the right side before making a cross-field pass to Kelsey Kiser, who scored the tying goal to send the game into overtime.
The Barons had a few opportunities to score the game-winner in the extra period, but were rebuffed by Cougars goalkeeper Rachel Lipman time and again, highlighted by a sliding kick save that spoiled one golden opportunity for B-CC.
But Lipman had to face one shot too many in the end, as Becker managed to punch in the game-winner.
"We were not a good team at the beginning of the year." B-CC coach Amy Wood said. "We had only two returning field players. The last four games we played Walter Johnson, a good team, Whitman, a good team, Churchill, a good team, and Quince Orchard, a good team. I'm not sure we would have won those games early on."
Maybe this year's sleepers are two traditional powers. Or maybe they never went away in the first place.

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