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BCC vs. Watkins Mill (Maryland 3A regional quartfinal)

Posted Friday, October 24, 2008 by Bruce Becker
Varsity field hockey
BCC vs. Watkins Mill (Maryland 3A regional quartfinal)
After a earning a bye in the first round, the BCC field hockey team took on Watkins Mill in the Maryland state 3A regional quarterfinals. The visiting Wolverines appeared to be hoping to keep the score as low as possible by placing a minimum of three defenders next to their goalkeeper throughout the game, no matter where the ball was on the field.
The defensive crouch worked for the Wolverines, for a while. As the first half wore on, the Barons’ offense got more and more frustrated by their inability to put the ball into the cage against the outmatched visitors.
Finally, after eighteen minutes, senior midfielder Catherine Mirsky rapped a sharp pass to fellow captain Clare Becker, who knocked it in for the first goal of the game. Less than two minutes later, junior forward Paige Donnelley knocked in another off an assist from sophomore forward Jenn Dewey. Junior Kelsey Kiser rounded out the half with an unassisted goal, allowing the Barons to end the half with a 3-0 lead.
In the second half, the defense of senior Julia Pernick and juniors Sunny Cobb, Ruth Andrews and Meredith Storm was able to turn away the Watkins Mill attack, leaving goalies Claire Vieth and Lauren Serpan relatively untested. Juniors Laura Bes and Katie Bazyluk also helped preserve the shutout.
Rachel Ruda and fellow juniors Lydia Marks, Maggie Mitchelle and Natalie Joslin, and sophomores Rachel and Rebecca Natoli, gave the fans a glimpse of the future of BCC field hockey, and it looks bright.
Another junior, Rachel Keeling, led the scoring off in the second half after five minutes, followed five minutes later by one from junior midfielder Charlotte Kettler off a Mirsky assist. The referees had to hold a quick conference to make sure that Kettler’s goal would count. But it did.
Clare Becker added her second goal of the evening off an assist from junior Josie Lopes with eighteen minutes remaining in the half, and junior Lindsey Chan scored off another Mirsky assist. Senior Mimmy Wenzel scored the final two goals off assists from Becker and Mirsky.
BCC 9; Watkins Mill 0
Goals: Wenzel 2; Becker 2; Donnelly 1; Kiser 1; Keeling 1; Kettler 1; Chan 1
Assists: Mirsky 4; Lopes 1; Becker 1; Dewey 1

Bruce Becker

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