Pointer field hockey edges Loch Raven

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

On the sur­face, the Spar­rows Point field hockey team has strug­gled a bit this sea­son, with a 4-6 record that in­cludes sev­eral lop­sided losses.

But none of those losses (by an av­er­age of nearly five goals) mat­ter as much as the Point­ers’ two wins over the past week.

Spar­rows Point beat vis­it­ing Loch Raven 1-0 on Sept. 27 and won 4-0 at Carver A&T on Mon­day.

Those wins were much more sig­nif­i­cant than 6-0 losses to Du­laney and Here­ford be­cause they were against teams the Point­ers will face in the re­gional play­offs.

All three teams are in Class 1A North Sec­tion I. The win­ner of that sec­tion (which also in­cludes Ch­e­sa­peake) will face the win­ner of the Har­ford County-dom­i­nated Sec­tion II in the re­gional cham­pi­onship game.

“Our team is start­ing to blend,” Spar­rows Point coach Cor­rine Gwin said after the Loch Raven game, which ended a five-game Pointer los­ing streak. “The last cou­ple of games, we have not blended at all.

“We’re start­ing to con­nect with each other, rather than just hit­ting the ball through peo­ple.”

The Point­ers, who have ad­vanced to the re­gional cham­pi­onship game the past two sea­sons, were ex- pected to ex­pe­ri­ence some grow­ing pains this sea­son after los­ing sev­eral starters to grad­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing Al­lS­tate player Sara Luby (cur­rently play­ing for Syra­cuse Univer­sity).

“We’re go­ing to work on team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” Gwin said. “We need to start sup­port­ing each other and be­liev­ing in each other.”

Kayleigh Jef­fer­son scored the win­ning goal against Loch Raven off of a penalty cor­ner play.

Spar­rows Point dom­i­nated the game, with the ball spend­ing the ma­jor­ity of the time on the Raiders’ end of the field, but the Point­ers weren’t able to ex­tend their lead.

“It’s been hard for us to cap­i­tal­ize on op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Gwin said. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the cage. We kept hit­ting the goalie.”

Spar­rows Point was to play at Franklin on Wed­nes­day, and ends the reg­u­lar sea­son by host­ing Perry Hall on Oct. 12.

After start­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 10-0 loss to Spar­rows Point, Pat­ap­sco has won four of six games.

The Pa­tri­ots de­feated vis­it­ing Ken­wood 2-0 on Thurs­day to raise their record to 4-3.

An­gelina Pisani and Em­mie Romine scored for Pat­ap­sco.

“My main goal has been to make them bet­ter peo­ple,” first-year coach Ta­mara Mag­gard said. “And teach them field hockey while let­ting them have fun.”

Two of Pat­ap­sco’s vic­to­ries this sea­son have been against Pikesville, the first time the Pa­tri­ots have beaten the Pan­thers in eight years.

Pat­ap­sco isn’t in con­tention for the Bal­ti­more County Di­vi­sion II ti­tle after losses to Lans­downe and East­ern Tech, but the Pa­tri­ots still have a shot at sec­ond or third place in the nine-team di­vi­sion.

“We’re okay with that,” Mag­gard said.

Ina 2-0 loss to East­ern Tech, the Mav­er­icks scored both goals in the last five min­utes of the game.

“We had an op­por­tu­nity to score [when the game was still score­less],” Mag­gard said. “Had we put it in, it would have been a dif­fer­ent game.”

Pat­ap­sco only has one home game re­main­ing in its fi­nal five games: on Oct. 12 against Franklin.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

Pat­ap­sco’s Em­mie Romine chases down a high-bounc­ing ball.

Brit­ney Keller bal­ances the ball on her stick as she moves past a Loch Raven player.

Spar­rows Point’s Alyssa Shiplett drib­bles past a Loch Raven de­fender.

An­gelina Pisani had one of Pat­ap­sco’s two goals against Ken­wood.

Me­gan Bean of Spar­rows Point looks for an open­ing through the Loch Raven de­fense.

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