Lions Punch Tickets To First Final
Dominant shutout of Huskies sets title matchup with Liberty
— 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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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.