Archive for September, 2011

September 16, 2011

Holy Cross Field Hockey Seeks Fourth Straight Conference Championship

by Eric Meany

KENSINGTON, Md. — Academy of the Holy Cross field hockey coach Jenna Ries does not see recent weather-related disruptions or her team’s busy schedule as impediments to making the changes necessary to put the Tartans’ season back on the right track after an inconsistent start.

The message she wants to convey to her players may take some time to sink in, but her delivery is short and to the point.

“Simple,” she said. “Simple is better.”

Uneven early-season play by the three-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions, including shutout losses to Westfield, Glenelg and South River, has Ries emphasizing the need to solidify the fundamentals.

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September 13, 2011

B-CC Girls Soccer on the Hunt for Another Title

by Eric Meany

BETHESDA, Md. — For the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls soccer team to continue its recent success and capture its fourth consecutive state championship this season, coach Robert Kurtz believes he will have to employ a new approach to suit the current roster.

“We’re going to go a lot deeper this year than we have in years past,” Kurtz said. “We’re probably going to play 17 or 18 girls, and we’re really really young — we’re probably going to start two or three freshmen and a bunch of sophomores.”

“We graduated a great senior class last year,” Kurtz added, “so we’re learning to live without them.”

Former Barons Alex Doll and Vic Gersh, two players who Kurtz credits with providing 80 percent of last year’s offense, are now freshmen at Stanford and Villanova, respectively. In their absence, the team must look elsewhere to make up the goal scoring and leadership that the pair had provided over the past four seasons.

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