Road ends for Warriors
La Plata field hockey gets shut out by Kent Island in 2A South final
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.”