Patriots knock off 12th ranked Mount de Sales, 3-1; Bryn Mawr also advances to the final


Alice Puckett

Playing for a spot in Sunday’s IAAM B Conference championship game, the John Carroll field hockey team went on the road Friday and knocked off 12th ranked Mount de Sales, 3-1. The win not only sends the Patriots to the final, but it also produced the 400th career win in the Hall of Fame career of their head coach, Alice Puckett.

Sophomore Emma Campitelli netted what proved to be the game winner when she carried the ball 30 yards, got behind the defense and found the upper left corner of the net. Senior Katelyn Patrick added an insurance goal with 8:10 remaining.

The game was tied at 1-1 at the half, as John Carroll (12-5) got a goal from Kendall Rittmeyer and Kate Ringstad scored for the Sailors (10-5-1).

John Carroll moves on to face No. 17 Bryn Mawr (10-3-1), which advanced to the championship (1:00 p.m. at Archbishop Spalding) with a 2-0 win over No. 18 St. Mary’s (10-3-1).

Puckett returned to the sidelines with the Patriots in 2016 from retirement. Previously she had coached 29 years, including 26 at Fallston where she won 11 state championships before stepping down in 2008 so she could devote some time to watching her daughter Lindsey’s career at the University of Maryland. While with the Terps, Lindsey won two national championships and now she coaches alongside her mom at John Carroll.

At the time of her retirement she had a career record of 366-86-19 and her 11 state titles were third most in Maryland history.

A graduate of John Carroll, Puckett returned to coaching to give back to her alma mater and pay tribute to her former field hockey and basketball coach at the school, Beverly Hill, who Puckett credits as the inspiration for her career in physical education and coaching.