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BCC Varsity vs T Johnson, QO, Springbrook and Paint Branch write-ups

Posted Sunday, May 02, 2010 by Calvin Cobb

Lady Barons Improve to 6-4 With Loss to Thomas Johnson, Wins Over QO,
Springbrook, and Paint Branch

In the busy part of the season, the Lady Barons dropped a see-saw battle
to out of county Gov. Thomas Johnson, 15-11, before winning three in a
row by beating Quince Orchard (13-9), Springbrook (14-4), and Paint
Branch (20-10).

Thomas Johnson plays in a tough league and brought its mental toughness
to Bethesda. With Melissa Jaskiewicz and Josie Silva Lopes sidelined
for the game, the Barons kept it close, at times dominating possession
and play, but they could not take and keep a lead. Maggie Mitchell (4
goals), Kinsey Hoffman and Sunny Cobb (2 each) supplied much of the
offense, and Rachel Keeling played a crucial supporting role, but when
the going got tough some underclassmen really stood out. Caitlin
McCarty (1 goal) had her usual stalwart game, taking most of the face
offs and wearing herself sprinting up and down the field on offense and
defense. Amy Miller (1 goal) had a terrific game, using her speed and
skill to pick up ground balls, cut to the goal, and move the ball to the
open player. Stephanie Mertens (1 goal 1 assist) took another long step
forward as a player, hustling at both ends of the field to great effect
and, in particular, successfully taking on the opposition's best
offensive midfielders. But in the end Thomas Johnson proved to be the
better team, and prevailed 15-11.

The Barons turned it around, however, when Quince Orchard came to B-CC
on a cool, overcast April 22d evening. Sunny Cobb scored in the first
minute. QO tied it up a short time later. But the Barons took over the
play, dominated the face-offs and possession of the ball, never
permitting another tie score and ultimately coming out on top, 13-9.
Lauren O'Brien made it 3-1 on a nifty penalty shot - faking low and
deftly depositing the ball over the goaltender's left shoulder. Almost
all of the Barons' goals were the result of a series of passes - moving
the ball quickly from stick to stick and finding an open player in
scoring position. For example, to make it 4-2 Melissa Jaskiewicz stole
the ball in the defensive end, moved it quickly to Josie Silva Lopes in
transition, Lopes hit Laura O'Brien in close, and O'Brien selflessly
gave up a good shot by passing cross cage to a waiting Maggie Mitchell
with a better shot. The high level of play was reflected defensively as
well - QO had some able players but they were smothered by Danielle
Harkaway and Emily Altman, with Elizabeth Ward standing by to pounce on
every loose ball. Goaltender Gwynedd Arbury turned away several penalty
shots and made some good clearing passes to start the transition. The
scoring load was carried by Maggie Mitchell (6 goals) and Mertens (3

A few days later, the Barons traveled to Springbrook and thoroughly
dominated, cruising to a 14-4 win. Maggie Mitchell (4 goals) and Kinsey
Hoffman (2) led the scoring, but eight other players scored a goal
showing that the Barons are developing some needed balance on the
offensive side. Josie Silva-Lopes scored and added two assists, and
was joined on the left side of the score sheet by Rachel Keeling,
Abigail Frank, Amy Miller, Laura O'Brien, Caitlin McCarty, Sunny Cobb,
and Rebecca Natoli.

The upward trend continued against Paint Branch, which had several
powerful offensive players who had some good success against the Barons'
defense early, but Caitlin McCarty stepped forward and asserted herself
in the faceoff circle, and with help from especially Stephanie Mertens
and Amy Miller, the Barons took over the game by grabbing every ground
ball and taking it away from any Panther who happened to seize
possession. The score was knotted 6-6 with 7 minutes left in the first
half, when Kinsey Hoffman drew a foul and made it 7-6 on a penalty shot.
The Barons went on a tear, scoring the next 7 goals to run away with the
game. Every Baron got into the game by halftime and by effort and will
kept the Panthers from getting any offensive rhythm or momentum.
McCarty had her best game of the season, but she was ably supported by a
number of Barons, including Rachel Keeling and Josie Silva-Lopes, who
was a dominant force at both ends of the field. When they got the ball,
the Panthers were effective offensively, but they were frustrated by the
quick feet and good body positioning of Hoffman, Silva-Lopes, Harkaway
and Rebecca Natoli. Katie Webster came in early and did a good job
sliding and jumping on ground balls around the net. Paint Branch was a
good team that was never able to get started because the Barons simply
would not let them get started. The final score, 21-10, is more a
tribute to hustle and grit needed to get and maintain possession than
anything else, and this game was a step forward for the team.

Submitted by Calvin Cobb

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