Patapsco hockey wins first division title since 1998
It’s been 20 years since the Patapsco field hockey team last won a division title. One of the key players on that 1998 squad was Emily Krich.
Krich was on the sidelines last week as an assistant coach when the Patriots stunned Pikesville 4-0 to win the Baltimore County Division II title.
The win tied Patapsco with Carver A&T for first place in the division, both with one loss. But the Patriots defeated the Wildcats 3-2 in overtime in the second game of the season.
That was one game after Patapsco lost at Pikesville, also by a 3-2 score in overtime. But since the Patriots and the Panthers were scheduled to play twice, only the second game counted in the divisional standings.
During the Oct. 16 meeting at CCBC Dundalk, the inspired Patriots swamped Pikesville with four first-half goals.
Jayda Brown got it started, taking a breakaway down the left side and driving a wideopen shot into the cage for a 1-0 lead.
Brown scored another goal to give Patapsco a 2-0 lead. With an open look at the goal, Brown slammed in a hard sot from the left side.
Maddy Dillon made it 3-0, threading a long shot through a crowd around the front of the goal.
Evelyn Mirable poked the ball into the cage after a scramble in front of the goal to finish off the scoring.
Patapsco (6-3) is the top seed in the Class 3A North Region Section I playoffs and will host Towson on Thursday.
The winner will advance to the sectional final on Oct. 29 against either Kenwood or Franklin.
Sparrows Point (4-6) ended the regular season with a 4-0 win over visiting Patapsco on Oct. 16.
The Pointers are seeded third in the Class 1A North Region Section I and will play at second-seeded Loch Raven on Thursday.
The winner advances to the sectional finals at top-seeded Carver A&T on Oct. 29.
Sparrows Point reached the regional championship game last season, where it lost to Fallston 3-0.
Patapsco players prepare to defend against a Pikesville penalty corner play.
Maddy Dillon attempts to take the ball away from a Pikesville player.