S. River tops Dulaney, 2-0
Defense strong for No. 2 Seahawks, who will will play Churchill on Saturday
BURTONSVILLE — Kassidy Bresnahan watched her sister, Taylor, win a state championship with the South River field hockey team in 2012.
Nowa senior, Kassidy will have a chance to win a state title of her own.
Bresnahan was part of another strong defensive effort, and Lauren Schlegel and Maia Cheeks scored to lead the No. 2 Seahawks to a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Dulaney on Wednesday in a Class 4A state semifinal at Paint Branch.
South River (17-1-1) is in the state final for the sixth time and is looking for its fifth state title and first since 2012.
The Seahawks will play Winston Churchill (16-0) in Saturday’s final at Washington College. The Bulldogs, who are in the state final for the seventh time, advanced with a 1-0 victory over Springbrook in the other semifinal. They won state titles in 1978 and1983, and are making their first appearance in the final since 1985.
“It’s an awesome feeling. I almost feel some pressure because she won a state championship and now I have to win one,” Bresnahan said of her sister. “It’s awesome that we’ve gotten this far, and I’m just happy with how we’ve been playing.”
South River, which came into the game 7-0 in one-goal games, was in another tight battle Wednesday. The Lions (13-5) carried the play early, but the Seahawks ended the first half with a 4-2 advantage in shots and penalty corners. Bresnahan made a good play to get a clear inside 10 minutes when the Lions began pressing; South River’s As Dulaney pressures the ball, South River’s McKenzie Jamison advances to the goal. The Seahawks next will face a Churchill team that has outscored its opponents 50-4. best chance came a few minutes earlier when Darcy Clement sent a shot toward the cage that was stopped by Dulaney’s Alli Hill.
The Seahawks continued to pressure early in the second half and nearly went up, but Sarah King’s drive off a penalty corner went just wide. Bresnahan made another good play five minutes later when she recovered to deny a good scoring chance from Emma Klein.
After Paige Ford made a good stop off a deflection at the 20-minute mark, the Seahawks went ahead four minutes later when Schlegel took control of a rebound and put the ball into the cage for the only goal the Seahawks would need.
“It was off of a corner, and I was just in the right place at the right time,” Schlegel said. “I just saw the ball and I knew I had to go for it.”
The Seahawks didn’t sit back on the lead and attempted four more corners the rest of the game while yielding none to the Lions. Cheeks added the insurance goal with1:48 left and allowed the team to begin looking ahead to Saturday.
“We’ve been working really hard with our defense and staying confident and playing very smart, technical defense,” said South River coach Megan Atkinson, who was an assistant coach on the 2012 team. “Knowing that our defense is going to be standing strong behind us gives our offense the opportunity to be a little more aggressive and take those risks.”
South River will face a Churchill team that has outscored its opponents 50-4 and has posted 12 shutouts.
“We’ve worked so hard to get to that day, and once we get there, it’s in [her players’] hands,” Atkinson said.
South River celebrates its 2-0 victory over Dulaney. The Seahawks are in the state final for the sixth time and looking for their fifth state title and first since 2012. “It’s awesome that we’ve gotten this far,” senior Kassidy Bresnahan said.