3rd Century Women’s Hockey wins Class 2A state title with 16-6 win over No. 8 Hereford, ends 19-0 season – Baltimore Suns

The Century women’s hockey team had one last business on Wednesday to let people know one thing: This season belongs to the No. 3 Cavaliers.

Fittingly, another collective effort against No. 8 Hereford in the Class 2A state championship game limited their excellence from start to finish.

Seniors Lauren Hackett (four goals, three assists) and Caroline Little (three goals, three assists) lead a strong offense, while a strong team defense keeps the Bulls in check The Cavaliers ended a 19-0 season with a 16-6 victory at Loyola, Maryland’s Ridley Athletic Center.

After avenging last year’s state championship loss to Middletown with a big win in Saturday’s semifinals, Century wasted no time winning the program’s ninth state championship. It was the second perfect 19-0 season in the program’s history, the first coming in 2006 under former coach Ross Punz.

Junior Jasmine Stanton (three goals) scored within 14 seconds of the game as the Cavaliers scored their first five goals. They were never threatened by the Bulls, who finished 15-2.

Sitting next to Hackett after the game, Little talked about what it means to win as a senior on the last day of the season.

“This is [special]. Especially the two seniors sitting here – I can speak for Lauren – that’s something we’ve been dreaming about since our freshman year. We wanted it so badly we got it in the end and the loss at Middletown just fueled our enthusiasm. We’ve been so strong this year, something I’ve never seen before. “

The Cavaliers made the most of their possession to control the game as junior midfielder Jane Brewer (two goals) won an early draw.

After Stanton’s opening goal, Little and Brewer scored and Hackett had two assists. Brewer and Stanton followed, building a 5-0 advantage that expanded to 8-2 at halftime.

Hereford was able to overtake Towson from a 11-2 halftime deficit for a 13-12 win over Baltimore County, working hard throughout and considering another comeback.

Maya Antonakas scored 15 seconds in the second half to get the Bulls thinking. But the Cavaliers were just too strong, and goals from Anna Hackett and Lauren Hackett kept them out.

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“I’m so proud of all the girls. I think we really played as a team this year,” Century coach Becky Groves said. “I think before, when I was younger, I was really focused on my key kids, and as I got older and became a better coach, I realised it took a team. This year, it really shows that we are A real team, from the goalkeeper to the last attacking player to our bench.”

The Bulls got three goals and one assist from midfielder Jordan Peterson, while sophomore Antonakas scored twice.

“The Century is a great team,” Peterson said. “They have a lot of attacking ability and it’s great to be able to use their defense. It didn’t help in the first half, we had trouble scoring and it was hard to regain momentum in the second half.”

Hereford is the recipient of three state titles and a total of six championship appearances, graduating only three seniors. With experience and a wealth of talent returning Wednesday, coach Kelly Swift vowed her Bulls would be back.

Senior guard Hope Barber sees a special bond.

“Like Jordan said, this is the closest team I’ve ever played,” she said. “And I tell the girls before the game – win or lose – this is the team I want to work with, and I stand by that.”

Target: H – Peterson 3, Antonakas 2, Moneymaker; C – Stanton 3, Little 3, A. Hackett 3, L. Hackett 4, Brewer 2, Poe assist: H – Peterson; C – Little 3, L. Hackett 3, Sandbank 2 save: H – Magnig 1; C – Mullinix 5 half: C. 8-2

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