Howard County High School Sports: Fall: Region/States: 3A Field Hockey: Atholton Scores 'Overwhelming' Win

Friday, November 7
3A Field Hockey: Atholton Scores 'Overwhelming' Win

Atholton's Kim Markovitz, facing the camera, receives a hug from a teammate after scoring her first goal of the night against Great Mills.

(By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)

After scoring goals in both halves of last night's Maryland 3A semifinal at Broadneck, Atholton sophomore Kim Markovitz had a hard time putting her feelings into words following the Raiders' 2-0 win over Great Mills.

"It's really overwhelming," she said.

The pint-size attacker then put both hands up to her cheeks, and proceeded to giggle uncontrollably.

Her reaction symbolized the new state of Atholton field hockey, a program that now includes some players who know only happiness and success.

"I sure hope it's a foretelling of things to come in terms of the players we have," Raiders Coach Jim Brown said. "Up until the last few years, girls would show up at Atholton as freshmen and say, 'What side of the stick do we use?' "

A year after the Raiders (14-3) posted their first winning record of the decade, their victory last night put them in the title game for the first time since 1980, when they were the state runner-up.

They will play Saturday at Washington College in Chestertown against Fallston (18-1), which earned a 2-0 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13-5) in the second game at Broadneck last night.

Great Mills (14-2) had some chances against the Raiders, but the Hornets couldn't convert any of their eight penalty corners in the second half.

They are now 0 for 4 in state semifinals this decade, including losses in each of the past two seasons.

"We came here a bit more prepared than last year, but we just couldn't pull it out in the end," Great Mills senior captain Reagan Beasley said. "Atholton's a good team. They're going to do great."

The Raiders do not have the history or tournament experience to match Fallston, which won last year's 3A title in a double-overtime classic over B-CC. But Brown said Atholton is past the point of being intimidated by anyone.

"Belief is sort of a contagious state of mind and the more success you have, it's like a snowball -- it just keeps growing and growing," he said. "When you get to this level, at this point, they believe. They believe anything is possible."

Atholton goalie Maddy Bottomley agreed.

"We're here," said the senior, who made nine saves. "And we're ready for Saturday."