No. 4 Falcons hold off Old Mill for first final since 2015; No. 7 Lions ease past Quince Orchard
by Donald Daniels
One team is back to add another title to its impressive resume. The other seeks a long-coming championship breakthrough.
Dulaney High and Severna Park punched their tickets to the Class 4A state field hockey final, courtesy of semifinal victories Wednesday evening at Broadneck. The No. 4 Falcons edged 14th-ranked Old Mill while the Lions toppled Montgomery County’s Quince Orchard, 2-0.
Saturday at 4 p.m. at Washington College’s Kirby Field, Severna Park and Dulaney will play for the state title.
For the 16th time, No. 7 Dulaney will try to capture its elusive first state title. The Baltimore County school controlled possession the majority of the game against Quince Orchard, finishing with a 17-1 advantage on corners and had 19 shots.
Sidney Snyder and Lucy Jung each tallied for Dulaney (15-1 overall). Snyder fired in a shot from about four yards, just four minutes into the match.
“We tend to do really well just off of broken corners, we start off with a play and just kind of go with it and I think I just saw an opening and just shot it,” Snyder said.
First-year coach Lauren Iacoboni is amazed with her team’s ability to play solid possession field hockey.
“A lot of times coach and I will just stand there and go ‘Wow’” Iacoboni said. “It’s just fun to watch, but that is all of our girls too, they do so well in just transferring things we are talking about in practice and we are doing into the games and that’s been all season for us.”
With just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Kelly Bridget slung a pass to Jung who put the ball past two Quince Orchard defenders into the cage. The Lions’ defense limited Quince Orchard to just to two shots, and allowed just three trips into their territory.
Now comes the hard part for Dulaney, which lost to South River in last year’s title game at Washington College. The Lions lost in state title games in 2017, 2010 and 1986, in addition to 12 trips to the state semifinals.
“The group of girls we have right now have been playing together since we were freshmen and I just think we really click and play well together and I think it’s just a matter of who comes out and wants it more on Saturday and I think that we want it, we’re ready,” Snyder said.
After a brief hiatus, Severna Park is on the cusp of 24th state title. But the Falcons had to shake a tenacious Anne Arundel County foe Old Mill to get there.
They can thanks Anna Marcoon, who swiped the ball into the right side of the cage for the game-winner with five minutes left in regulation.
“It was a little stressful and close, but we expect that, being in the final four,” Severna Park coach Shannon Garden said. “We were able to capitalize in the second half on that late goal. We’re just excited to move on.”
“It’s so hard to think when you are in a high intensity moment like that, everyday in practice we work on finishing the goal,” Marcoon said. “We just work on it, finding the hole and getting the perfect shot. I was just focusing on the fact that we just missed one, time was winding down and I just look up, saw the spot the goalie wasn’t covering and took the shot.”
The Falcons, who defeated the Patriots, 5-0, during the regular season, had a much tougher time in the rematch Wednesday in Cape St. Claire. Old Mill (10-6) got the advantage as Allyne Threatt took Kaiya Sabur’s pass and slapped the ball into the cage.
“Our goal was to come and score early and we did I think we rattled Severna Park,” Old Mill coach Heather Arnold said. “We came out hard and we wanted to keep the pressure up.”
The Patriots held the advantage for 16 minutes, when Falcon senior Lily Slattery scored on a goal to the game.
“Almost every play on the field, somehow, touches Lila,” Garden said. “Whether she’s bringing it out of the backfield, moving it down one of the sides, taking the shot or setting somebody else up, it usually goes through Lila. She’s a huge factor.”
Old Mill was thinking upset in the second half, but Marcoon and Slattery derailed pushes at midfield. The Falcons, thanks to Marcoon, was able to generate the game-winner and the opportunity at their first state final since 2015.
“We just have to play the same game we have played all season long, we have to bring the hustle and the grit,” Marcoon said. “We have to keep the intensity up because ultimately it will come down to who wants it more.”
CLASS 4A STATE FIELD HOCKEY SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Severna Park 2, No. 14 Old Mill 1
Old Mill 1 0 – 1
Severna Park 1 1 – 2
Goals: Old Mill – Threatt; Severna Park – Slattery, Marcoon
Assists: Old Mill – Sabur
Saves: Old Mill – Sanchez 4; Severna Park – Kramer 3
No. 7 Dulaney 2, Quince Orchard 0
Quince Orchard 0 0 – 0
Dulaney 1 1 – 2
Goals: Dulaney – Jung, Snyder
Assist: Dulaney – Bridgett
Saves: Dulaney – Mercer 1, Quince Orchard – Simmons 13