It was a showdown of two of the top field hockey teams in the IAAM B Conference, Tuesday in Ellicott City, and when the dust had settled host Glenelg Country improved to 3-1 with an impressive 4-1 win over John Carroll, which lost for the first time in league play.

The Dragons got on the board early when senior attacker Sam Weinstein scored an unassisted goal off a lose ball in front of the cage, four minuets into the first half.  Four minuets later senior forward Claire McAuliffe scored the Dragons’ second goal off an assist from junior attacker Allie Pickens.

John Carroll got on the board with a well executed offensive penalty corner that saw Caroline Haggerty put in a shot off an assist from Sarah Dennison with 16:40 left in the first half, but Glenelg Coountry was not finished yet.

McAuliffe and Pickens reconnected for the third GCS goal with 7:16 left in the first half. Weinstein scored the Dragon’s fourth goal two minutes into the second half as Pickens delivered her third assist of the day.

Glenelg Country out-shot John Carroll, 15-10, and held the advantage on offensive penalty corners, 9-5.  GCS goalkeeper Sarah Bates made nine strong saves to preserve the win.  Bates made a big play in the first half when a defensive breakdown led to three John Carroll attackers in the circle with just Bates.  In the second half Bates made two diving saves at the post to keep the Dragons ahead.  Bates was a 2010 Selection to the National Futures Tournament and Junior Olympics.