Pointer field hockey edges Loch Raven
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.
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.