McKil­lop, Bulls catch fire

Sopho­more scores all goals as Here­ford wins third straight Balto. County ti­tle

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tom Worgo

The No. 10 Dulaney field hockey team never had a chance in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game Mon­day night.

The vis­it­ing Lions ran into a No. 12 Here­ford team that dom­i­nated play all day for a 3-0 vic­tory in Park­ton.

It was Bulls’ third straight county ti­tle and ninth in the past 10 years.

“What sep­a­rated this game from the oth­ers is that we got to play on our home field un­der the lights,” said Caitlin Du­vall, a third-year coach whose team out­shot the Lions 25-2 and had a 18-1 ad­van­tage in penalty cor­ners. “It was spe­cial mo­ment that added to our en­ergy.”

Here­ford’s Macken­zie McKil­lop had the game of her life.

The sopho­more for­ward scored three goals — all in the sec­ond half. She has 10 this sea­son. “She was on fire tonight,” Du­vall said. “She came off the field early and we gave her some ad­just­ments to make. We wanted her to cut back to the ball a lit­tle bit more. She def­i­nitely made those ad­just­ments and was where she needed to be at the right time.”

Here­ford (10-3) tested the de­fense of El­lie Dreschler, Ly­dia Naughton, Grace Jung and Mae Dick­ens and goalie Alli Hill right away.

The Bulls had five penalty cor­ners in the first five min­utes and Hill, a se­nior, made three saves dur­ing that stretch, in­clud­ing on blis­ter­ing shots from Emily En­dres and Kai­lyn Brandt.

In­deed, her stout play kept the Lions in the game.

She shined again when she stopped Madeleine Palumbo on a break­away with 11:18 re­main­ing in the first half, one in which Here­ford held a huge ad­van­tage in penalty cor­ners (9-0) and shots (8-0).

“I couldn’t have been hap­pier with her per­for­mance,” Dulaney coach Kel­lie Fial­cowitz said of Hill, who fin­ished with 15 saves. “She hadn’t been tested like this all sea­son. She made some amaz­ing saves.”

Dulaney (9-3) picked up its play early in the sec­ond half.

But Casey O’Grady’s hard back-handed shot was stopped by All-State ju­nior goalie Cam­ryn Kel­baugh, who leaped about a foot in the air and de­flected the ball out of dan­ger with her glove with 25:35 re­main­ing

Twenty sec­onds later, Claire Po­dles’ shot off a penalty cor­ner went wide of the goal.

The rest of the game be­longed to the two-time Class 2A de­fend­ing state cham­pion Bulls.

Here­ford scored with 18:20 re­main­ing in the sec­ond half.

Hill saved En­dres’ shot, but McKil­lop knocked the re­bound past Hill from about 3 yards out.

“Once we got that first goal, we all kind of clicked,” Du­vall said. “And you could feel the en­ergy.”

Then McKil­lop scored con­sec­u­tive goals 37 sec­onds apart.

She found the back of the cage with12:56 left and scored again from 4 yards out after col­lect­ing a con­trol­ling pass from Pey­ton Martino to put Here­ford ahead 3-0.

“You don’t re­ally ex­pect some­one to score three in a row,” McKil­lop said.

STEVE RU­ARK/FOR THE BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

Here­ford’s Macken­zie McKil­lop (16), Pey­ton Martino and Kai­lyn Brandt cel­e­brate after McKil­lop scored the sec­ond of her three goals. McKil­lop’s hat trick gave her 10 goals for the sea­son. All of her goals Mon­day came in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing two in 37 sec­onds.

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