Lions Punch Tick­ets To First Fi­nal

Dom­i­nant shutout of Huskies sets ti­tle matchup with Lib­erty

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

— A lot of Lions will be on Ki­bler Field at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege on Satur­day morn­ing at 11 a.m.

At least half of them will be from Queen Anne’s County High’s field hockey team.

The Lions from Queen Anne’s ad­vanced to the Class 1A fi­nal with a con­vinc­ing 3-0 vic­tory over Pat­ter­son Mill in a state semi­fi­nal Mon­day evening at Broad­neck High.

After feel­ing out the Huskies in the first few min­utes, the Lions went on the at­tack and dom­i­nated most of the ac­tion the rest of the game, tak­ing a 2-0 lead into the half be­fore ad­ding a fin­ish­ing touch in the fi­nal minute.

The East Re­gion cham­pion Lions (14-1-1) ad­vanced to the ti­tle game for the first time, and will face the Lions of Lib­erty High in the state fi­nal at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege. Lib­erty topped Patux­ent 5-1 in the opener of the semi­fi­nal dou­ble­header on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Lawrence E. Knight Sta­dium.

“We told the kids prior to the game we wanted to come out a lit­tle de­fen­sively just to see what their game plan was go­ing to be,” Lions

head coach Shana Corder said. “I felt after the first few min­utes they kind of fig­ured out what kind of game they played. We let them be more of­fense for a lit­tle bit and then once we got that first goal it just got that mo­men­tum go­ing for them, and then they just kept at it the rest of the game.”

McKenna Blick scored with a re­versed-stick shot that car­omed off a Huskies de­fender to cap the scor­ing with 56 se­conds to play.

“Just un­be­liev­able. These group of girls are ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing,” said Blick. “We all have the best chem­istry on the field that I’ve seen in a long time. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. We all get along great and it shows on the field.”

The Corder-Wal­ford com­bi­na­tion opened the scor­ing with 14:43 left in the first half. Mid­fielder Gabrielle Corder sent the ball to the left side of the goal area where for­ward Sara Wal­ford slammed it into the left cor­ner of the cage from about 5 yards out, beat­ing Huskies goalie Grace Bal­ti­more.

Bal­ti­more and the Huskies de­fense had held tough up to that point, but re­lent­less pres­sure by the Lions proved un­beat­able.

Kaitlin Karns swept in a cross from Con­ner Allen into the right side of the cage with 4 min­utes left in the first half to make it 2-0.

“We played our game and I think that was the most im­por­tant part of the whole game,” Allen said. “We kept our com­po­sure, played our game. We kept the mo­men­tum for sure through­out. We got the goal just to start out fast, to get the ball in the cage first, and we ac­com­plished that goal. We had the mentality that the whole game was a 0-0 game and I think that was re­ally cru­cial for us.”

Pat­ter­son Mill, the North Re­gion cham­pi­ons, cre­ated a few op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half in an at­tempt to get back in the game. The Lions, though, led by the de­fen­sive ef­forts of Madi­son Ja­sick, Olivia Lewis, and Josie Inzer, and goal­tender Emily Lane­hart kept the shutout in­tact.

The victor y was Queen Anne’s 11th straight.

Pat­ter­son Mill, which had five se­niors on its ros­ter, fin­ished 8-10.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s Con­ner Allen, left, and McKenna Blick bat­tle for a loose ball with Pat­ter­son Mill’s Ju­lia Frankis dur­ing a Class 1A state semi­fi­nal Mon­day evening at Broad­neck High School.

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