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Maryland State 3A semifinals BCC vs. Fallston

Posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 by Bruce Becker

It is never easy to see a season end, but it seems particularly cruel to end two seasons in a row against the same team, on the same field, under the same dreary weather conditions. Just as it did in the state finals a year ago, the BCC Barons varsity field hockey team played Fallston High School on the Broadneck H.S. artificial turf field in Annapolis, under damp, misty conditions, this time for the 3A Maryland State semifinals.

Fallston started aggressively, and forced BCC to defend a penalty corner less than a minute into the game. The Barons defense, led by senior goalie Claire Vieth and speedy senior captain Julia Pernick at center back, was busy but able to turn away the defending state champs on this early corner, and BCC countered on offense to force a penalty corner of its own just a minute later.

Fallston’s quick, talented forwards tested all of the Barons’ backs, including juniors Sunny Cobb, Meredith Storm and Ruth Andrews. But on a penalty corner just seven minutes into the game, Fallston was able to rifle a shot on the ground into the right corner of the cage, putting them up 1-0.

The goal seemed to wake up the Barons, who responded with their own offensive pressure on the Fallston team. Senior captains Catherine Mirsky and Clare Becker teamed up in the middle and pushed the ball forward to wingers Mimmy Wenzel and Paige Donnelly, producing some good opportunities but no goals. Juniors Rachel Ruda and Charlotte Kettler fought it out on the midfield wings against tough Fallston opponents.

Fallston kept up the pressure right up until halftime, and just missed scoring on a penalty corner shortly before the whistle.

The Barons started the second half a player down, but killed the penalty without much trouble. With the team back at full strength, Claire Vieth made two nice saves, but Fallston was able to put a second goal on the scoreboard seven minutes into the half. At that point the hill was much steeper to climb, but the Barons kept climbing. Junior Meredith Storm injured her leg, and was replaced by fellow junior Lara Bes. Sophomore Jenn Dewey came in to try to spark some offense, but the Barons were never able to produce a goal for all their effort.

In the end, another great season came to an end when the referee blew the final whistle, and the 2008 Barons proudly laying claim to division and regional championships.

Fallston 2; BCC 0.

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