Road ends for War­riors

La Plata field hockey gets shut out by Kent Is­land in 2A South fi­nal

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

The La Plata field hockey team was a year re­moved from a ros­ter full of se­niors and firstyear play­ers. In 2016, the War­riors were a much more sea­soned unit as ev­i­denced in one of the pro­gram’s best sea­sons in a long time.

Rid­ing high off a 1-0 over­time vic­tory over se­cond-seeded Calvert in Mon­day’s Class 2A South Sec­tion I fi­nal, La Plata’s strong play­off run would end on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in a 10-0 shut- out at the hands of the Kent Is­land Buc­ca­neers of Queen Anne’s County in the re­gional cham­pion- ship game.

It was the fourth straight re­gional cham­pi­onship for Kent Is­land (15-0 over- all), which took a 3-0 lead at the half and poured on the scor­ing in the se­cond half with seven goals.

Kent Is­land, which al- lowed just three goals all sea­son, ad­vances to Mon­day’s state semi­fi­nal ver­sus Manch­ester Val­ley of Car­roll County where it looks to win a state cham­pi­onship for the first time since 2008.

“Kent Is­land had great stick work and drives,” said La Plata head coach Pomie Rad­cliff, whose team had seven se­niors. “Their over­all game play was out­stand­ing and they have top notch ath­letes. They were on a mis­sion to win the re­gion again, just a flaw­less game.”

The War­riors fin­ish the sea­son at 9-6-1.

“I can’t com­plain. We gave it 100 per­cent on the field and I told them to lay it all on the line and the girls did that,” Rad­cliff said. “I’m proud of their ef­forts.”

Se­nior Madi­son Tay­lor, who had the over­time tal- ly in Mon­day’s win, noted how tough the task was in Wed­nes­day’s re­gion fi­nal.

“That was def­i­nitely the hard­est team that we played this sea­son,” said Tay­lor, who also had game-win­ning goals against North Point and Lackey. “It is so much you can do against a team like that.”

La Plata se­nior Sarah Gough added, “It was ex- cit­ing that we made it that far. Kent Is­land’s passes were flaw­less and it was very dif­fi­cult to stay in front of them. The game was much faster than we were used to, but I feel that we made a lot of strides from last sea­son.”

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, La Plata claimed the Po­tomac Di­vi­sion ti- tle with a 6-0 un­de­feated mark ver­sus its Charles County op­po­nents. The War­riors then fin­ished run­ner-up in the SMAC cham­pi­onship game, fall- ing to the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion cham­pion Patux­ent, 5-0 on Oct. 21 in Lusby. Patux­ent claimed the 1A South ti­tle on Wed­nes­day night.

“Our girls had a great sea­son, play­ing in the SMAC cham­pi­onship then go­ing to the play­offs and beat­ing Calvert in over­time. That was prob­a­bly our big­gest win of the sea­son, kind of like a re­gional fi­nal at­mos­phere,” Rad­cliff said. “Be­ing Po­tomac Di­vi­sion champions was our goal. We knew Lackey won the year be­fore, so it was our turn. We made a big jump in two years and re­ally came to­gether as a team.”

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