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Maryland State 3A West Region Final Bcc v. Damascus

Posted Saturday, November 01, 2008 by Bruce Becker
Varsity Field Hockey
Maryland State 3A West Region Final
BCC vs. Damascus
BCC’s varsity field hockey team got the rematch they always wanted with Damascus, after dropping a tough, 2-1 decision on the road with that team earlier in the season. This time, Damascus came to BCC for the 3A West regional finals, and the Barons were ready.
Rather than taking the opening free hit as most teams do, Damascus used a trick play – pretending to hit the ball and leaving the ball unattended in the center circle. Apparently, BCC is not allowed to hit the unattended ball, so the whistle was blown and Damascus was awarded … well, a free hit. Go figure. So clever, they did it twice.
After the opening pre-Halloween trickery, the two teams parried attacks and defense, with neither team able to get a shot past the goalkeeper. Most of the play was in the midfield, with midfielders Catherine Mirsky, Rachel Ruda and Charlotte Kettler battling it out with their Damascus counterparts.  
Once again it was the penalty corner team that would succeed for the Barons, as they notched the first score of the game with less than five minutes remaining in the half. Senior Clare Becker inserted to Mirsky, who passed to senior Mimmy Wenzel, who knocked in the goal. The Barons took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
In the second half, Damascus was able to tie the game and show the Barons this would not be an easy walk into the state playoffs. But BCC regained the lead with a Clare Becker goal on an assist from Charlotte Kettler.
The Barons defense of Sunny Cobb, Julia Pernick, Meredith Storm, Ruth Andrews and goalie Claire Vieth fought to keep Damascus out of the goal area. But the visitors were able to slip one in to tie the game yet again.
Paige Donnelly, Kelsey Kiser and the rest of the Barons offense continued to generate scoring chances, but the clock ticked away and the game appeared to be headed toward overtime. But as time was just about over, the Barons were awarded a penalty corner, and since the game can’t end until the defense clears the ball, the Barons were able to attempt a succession of corners with no time remaining on the clock.
Finally, Charlotte Kettler pushed a perfect pass to Mimmy Wenzel, whol slammed the ball home and sent the Barons to the Maryland State semifinals next week.
BCC: 3; Damascus 2
Goals: Wenzel 2; Becker 1
Assists: Kettler 2; Mirsky

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