Eastern Tech field hockey stampedes Pikesville for its sixth straight win


by Ron Snider
Special to VSN

Having played mostly on grass fields in recent weeks, Eastern Tech’s field hockey team needed a little time to adjust Wednesday to the fast playing conditions on Pikesville’s brand new turf field.

Once that happened, the visiting Mavericks scored early and often en route to a 7-2 win over the Panthers at Boushell Field. Eastern Tech (6-2) has now won six straight, all against Baltimore County Division II rivals.

Sophomore Sydney Spivey scored two goals and added an assist, sophomore Johanna Bruning had a goal and two assists while senior Ashley Gerbes and freshman Mary Weaver scored two goals each for Eastern Tech.

The Mavericks have outscored the opposition 22-2 over the course of their winning streak, which included a 1-0 win Monday at Carver A&T.

“This was a tough game for us because we had some key players out, but so many players stepped up today,” Eastern Tech coach Lexi Breslin-Spinnato said. “Everything has started to come together and it’s great to see them grow as a team. They really have become a family out on the field.”

Eastern Tech never trailed in the game thanks to Gerbes’ two goals on penalty corners. Her first came off a pass from Bruning with 10:24 left in the first quarter. The second came on an unassisted shot about a minute into the second quarter to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.

Pikesville senior Jenna Greenberg responded with the first of her two, second quarter goals on a pass from freshman Rachel Gordon to pull the Panthers (1-4) to 2-1 with 11:24 left in the second quarter. However, two goals from Weaver and a goal from Spivey over the next eight minutes extended the lead to 5-1 and put the game out of reach. Bruning added a goal in the third quarter and Spivey completed the scoring with a goal in the final two minutes to secure the win for Eastern Tech.

Weaver said she was satisfied with the win, but believes they can be even better with a little more practice.

“The second quarter we did well with getting the ball up to the goal but we need to work on getting our shots in the goal,” Weaver said.

For the game, Eastern Tech outshot Pikesville, 21-5, and held a 5-2 advantage on penalty corners. The Panthers kept the game relatively close thanks to solid play in goal by Sarah Merwin, who finished with 11 saves. Monica Mumma had three saves in goal for the Mavericks.

Eastern Tech will try to extend its winning streak to seven games and wrap up the Division II title when it plays its regular-season finale Oct. 21 at Lansdowne. The Mavericks defeated the Vikings in their last meeting, 2-0, on Sept. 23.

“We are more comfortable as a team and know the strengths and weaknesses of the players so that has helped us dominate in games,” Weaver said. “We definitely have a lot to work on still … We have done well but we can certainly take our team to the next level.”

EASTERN TECH 7, PIKESVILLE 2

Eastern Tech (6-2) 1 4 1 1 — 7
Pikesville (1-4) 0 2 0 0 — 2

Goals: ET-Ashley Gerbes (2), Mary Weaver (2), Sydney Spivey (2), Johanna Bruning; P-Jenna Greenberg (2).
Assists: ET-Johamma Bruning (2), Sydney Spivey; P-Rachel Gordon, Alyssa Schwartzberg.
Saves: ET-Minoca Mumma (3); P-Sarah Merwin (11).
Shots: ET 21-5.
Corners: ET 5-2.