No. 17 Seahawks hold off Dulaney for 4A state field hockey crown

by Adrian Martin

South River High is Class 4A state field hockey champions again. How it came about won’t be soon forgotten.
The No. 17 Seahawks defeated sixth-ranked Dulaney, 2-1, at Washington College in Chestertown. The Anne Arundel County school scored twice in the opening half before fending off Dulaney.
The Edgewater school (13-6 overall) thought its season was over after losing to Severna Park in the East Region final last week, but it advanced after Anne Arundel County officials suspended the Falcons’ season.
The Seahawks took advantage, winning their sixth title. South River and Severna Park have won every 4A title since 2011.
“This season has been a long, bumpy road for us and as a coach, it’s been a test of patience, but it finally paid off,” Seahawks coach Megan Atkinson said. “Sometimes, a two-goal lead is the worst lead to have in any sport, but the girls did a great job controlling possession in the final minutes after (Dulaney) scored.”
The Lions (18-2) had outscored their state tournament opponents, 11-0, going into Saturday, but junior Caroline Kerr ended that in the 10th minute with a goal off a pass from Allison Corey. South River added its second goal just four minutes later when junior Darcy Clement slapped the ball in from the top of the circle off a pass from Morgan Lee.
Both goals came off penalty corners.
“We’ve been working on corners all season, so to execute on them today was really important,” Clement said. “One of things we talked about was coming out strong and scoring in the first five minutes. It definitely motivated us more.”
Dulaney fought harder for possession in the second half, and it finally paid off with 10:06 left with a goal from Zoe Hermann. That was all the Lions could manage against South River’s stingy defense.
Dulaney saw its 18-game losing streak snapped in the loss.
“All season, we’ve played stronger in the second half,” Lions head coach Kellie Fialcowitz said. “Today we didn’t step it up enough to make up for the two-goal deficit, but it was a dream season to win 18 straight. I couldn’t ask for much more as a coach.”
South River held a 13-7 shot advantage in the game and held the Lions to just two shots in the first half.
After a season full of adversity, the Seahawks now look to keep their championship streak going in 2018.
“As I told the girls this morning, all those losses were lesssons learned,” Atkinson said. “We lose three seniors, but those juniors who have now been here twice have that expectation to return.”
No. 17 South River, No. 6 Dulaney 1
Dulaney 0 1 – 1
South River 2 0 – 2
Goals: SR-Caroline Kerr, Darcy Clement; D-Zoe Hermann.
Assists: SR-Allison Corey, Morgan Lee; D-Casey O’Grady.