Mother Nature blessed Holton-Arms School with a home game in the semifinals of the Independent School League field hockey playoffs after rain forced the contest with Stone Ridge to be moved to the site of the Panthers.
There’s a chance it made all the difference as Holton-Arms topped an upstart Stone Ridge program 2-1 in overtime. According to Holton-Arms coach Rachel Lowenthal, senior Megan Horey scored the game-winner with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left in overtime on a tip-in rebound after senior Katie Bergamesca’s shot was knocked away.
Panther keeper Blair Greenwald kept Holton-Arms in it with 16 saves and 12 thwarted penalty corners. Stone Ridge goalie Mary Feller wasn’t quite as busy, notching just four saves and seeing only six corners, but Holton-Arms did just enough to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes advanced over Bullis in a rematch of last year’s championship. Holton-Arms and the Saints, which have won 10 of the last 11 ISL titles, will travel to Episcopal at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the season finale.