McKil­lop lifts No. 7 Here­ford to up­set of No. 1 Glenelg, 1-0

Sopho­more’s goal hands Glad­i­a­tors first loss in 17 games; Lib­erty wins

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tom Worgo — Me­gan Wood­ward, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Ryan Morse, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Mike Frainie For the Bal­ti­more Sun

The Here­ford field hockey team ended No. 1 Glenelg’s mag­i­cal ride in the Class 2A state semi­fi­nals, as sopho­more for­ward Macken­zie McKil­lop scored early in the first half to give the No. 7 Bulls a1-0 vic­tory over the Glad­i­a­tors at Paint Branch.

It was Glenelg’s first loss in 17 games.

“This was a huge vic­tory for us,” said Here­ford coach Caitlin Du­vall, whose team was out­shot 16-4. “Glenelg was the team to beat this sea­son, and they had a fan­tas­tic sea­son. We just got lucky with one break.”

The two-time de­fend­ing Class 2A state cham­pion Bulls ad­vance to play Kent Is­land, a 5-1 win­ner over Manch­ester Val­ley Mon­day in the other semi­fi­nal, in the fi­nal on Satur­day.

Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Ch­ester­town.

“It’s a very rare op­por­tu­nity, and it would be pretty in­cred­i­ble to do it,” Du­vall said of win­ning three con­sec­u­tive ti­tles. “I think it would mean a lot for this se­nior class. They’ve been part of this for the past two years, so I think that’s un­com­mon in the field hockey world.”

Glenelg wasted no time in test­ing Here­ford All-State goalie Cam­ryn Kel­baugh and de­fend­ers Madi­son Hack­ett, Dana Meehling and Gra­cie San­ders.

Kel­baugh saved Laney Treacy’s shot off a penalty cor­ner in the third minute and, 30 sec­onds later, turned away Jenny Gi­ampalmo’s at­tempt.

McKil­lop, who had three goals in Here­ford’s 3-0 vic­tory over Du­laney in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship Oct. 24, scored about seven min­utes into the game.

Kai­lyn Brandt’s cross­ing pass from just in­side the 16-yard cir­cle went off of Glenelg goalie Kaylin Craine’s pad and to McKil­lop, who knocked the ball into the back of cage from a yard out for her 12th goal of the sea­son. Kent Is­land play­ers cel­e­brate the first goal of their Class 2A semi­fi­nal against Manch­ester Val­ley, scored by Abby Car­pen­ter, third from left. Kent Is­land won, 5-1.

NO. 13 LIB­ERTY 5, PATUXENT 1: The Lions (15-2) scored five straight goals in the sec­ond half to take down the Pan­thers in a Class 1A state semi­fi­nal at Broad­neck.

At the sound of the fi­nal buzzer, Lions coach Brenda Strohmer pumped her arms in the air as her play­ers cleared the bench to cel­e­brate with their team­mates.

“I am a proud mama,” Strohmer said. “I didn’t breathe un­til the sec­ond goal, but they de­serve this — th­ese lead­ers de­serve it.”

Strohmer di­rected her state­ment to a trio of her se­niors: Ab­bie Busch, Han­nah Miller and Ash­ley Cald­well. Each had a hand in one of the Lions’ five goals.

KENT IS­LAND 5, MANCH­ESTER VALLEY1: The Buc­ca­neers (17-1) dom­i­nated in all facets of the game and got two goals each from Abby Car­pen­ter and Celina Kauf­man to de­feat the Mav­er­icks (12-5) at Paint Branch and earn a spot in Satur­day’s Class 2A state cham­pi­onship game.

“Ev­ery­thing went the way we prac­tice it,” Kent Is­land coach Jami Wilt said. “You know you prac­tice it all the time and some­times you can put pieces to­gether in a game and get enough of it to­gether to pull it off. We have been able to do that all year and they have been strong all year, but to­day ev­ery player was on their best game. There was not one player that was not on their best game to­day and that was what’s so beau­ti­ful to watch.”

The Buc­ca­neers ex­em­pli­fied that by tilt­ing the field early in the game, forc­ing the Mav­er­icks into turnovers deep in their end and even­tu­ally earn­ing a penalty cor­ner. On the cor­ner, Emily Keller fed a pass to Car­pen­ter who scored into the top cor­ner.

QUEEN ANNE’S 3, PAT­TER­SON MILL 0: The Lions used an ag­gres­sive of­fense and some great pass­ing to de­feat the Huskies (9-9) in a Class 1A state semi­fi­nal at Broad­neck.

Queen Anne’s will take on Lib­erty, a 5-1 win­ner over Patuxent, in the Class 1A state cham­pi­onship, which will be played Satur­day at 11 a.m. at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

Pat­ter­son Mill car­ried only two se­niors on their team, while Queen Anne’s fea­tured a team dom­i­nated by se­niors and ju­niors. As so of­ten hap­pens in cham­pi­onship tour­na­ments, that ex­pe­ri­ence be­gan to show it­self early, in this case mid­way through the first half.

“We are a young team, and we made our share of mis­takes,” said Pat­ter­son Mill coach Shan­non Swin­scoe. “I thought we had the ball for a lot of the game, but we weren’t very ef­fi­cient with it. We didn’t take as many shots as we needed to.”


Glenelg’s Leanne Dun­can, left, can’t reach the ball Mon­day as Here­ford’s Kai­lyn Brandt plays it away from the goal. “This was a huge vic­tory for us,” said Bulls coach Caitlin Du­vall, whose team will play Kent Is­land for the Class 2A state ti­tle.

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