In theory, Springbrook High School should have played 120 minutes of field hockey after its Sept. 5 game at Thomas S. Wootton and, in theory, its record would show tallies exclusively in the wins and losses columns, not in the sparsely used tie column.
But this hasn’t been exactly a standard start to the season for the Blue Devils.
On Aug. 31, in its opener against Kennedy, Springbrook held a 4-0 lead with 23 minutes remaining when the lights suddenly shut off…and never came back on. So that was that. Game over. See you next season.
“It was awful,” Springbrook coach Kelly Massino wrote in an e-mail.
Springbrook athletic director Rob Wendel had an electrician look into the issue on Thursday morning and said a power surge in the area caused the problem.
“It just knocked the lights out,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with the lights. It was just a power surge, just a one-time thing.”
Coincidentally, Springbrook’s football home opener against Gaithersburg on Friday went without issue.
The good news for the Blue Devils was that even though the game concluded in just 37 minutes of play, they still came away with a season-opening win.
The same couldn’t be said for their next game which came six days later at Wootton.
Springbrook managed to hold the Patriots at bay despite the Rockville school unleashing 18 first half shots. The second half largely was the same story until the umpires finally caught sight of lightning specking the clouds behind the Blue Devils’ goal.
And, once again, just like that, the game was over, called a 2-2 tie with 18 minutes, 23 seconds left. Normally, as in soccer and hockey, ties are broken with penalty shots or strokes, but no players were allowed back onto the field once the lightning was spotted.
“You have absolutely no idea,” said Massino of her frustration level after the first two games were cut short. “Last year we had rough patches at the beginning of the year with injuries and it was my first year as coach and this year we have this. It’s killing me.”
Ironically enough for Springbrook is that Massino claims that the Blue Devils are a “second half team,” a theory still untested outside of a handful of preseason scrimmages as they have only played a total of 18:37 second half minutes when they should have fielded 60.
“I mean, I’m having fun,” said Blue Devils sophomore goalie Ria Arceo-Peralta, who booted away more than 20 Wootton shots on Wednesday. “I know my team is still giving 100 percent and that’s what counts.”
How they rank
(records as of Sunday)
1. Poolesville, 2-0
2. Sherwood, 4-0
3. Academy of the Holy Cross, 4-3-1
4. Good Counsel, 2-0
5. Winston Churchill, 2-0
Churchill at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 7 p.m. Wednesday
Paint Branch at James H. Blake, 7 p.m. Wednesday