The Comets, one of the area’s up-and-coming teams, handled the competition pretty easily, beating Patuxent, 19-7, in the semifinals and Old Mill, 18-3 in the championship. Rachel Schwaab had seven goals and seven assists in the two games while Deb Milani scored nine goals.
With the two wins, the Comets are off to a 6-0 start. Although their schedule hasn’t been very tough so far, they did pull through with a huge win against Hereford on Friday.
Schwaab, a senior headed for Temple, scored on a crease roll with one second left to give the Comets a 13-12 win over the Bulls, and put themselves in instant contention for the Baltimore County championship.
Schwaab and Milani led the attack while goalie Grace Campbell made a save with 45 seconds left to put the Comets in position to win. Claudia Flister, Maddie Hunt and Heather Kendrick led the defense.
Clipp, a former Comets player who went on to be an All-American at Maryland, said she was proud of her team for overcoming some obstacles late in the game.
“We were winning by three with seven minutes left and we kept throwing the ball away and I’m saying, ‘What am I doing wrong as a coach?’” Clipp said with a laugh. “They showed great heart to get it back and come back and win.”
Clipp had hoped to take the Comets back to the Anne Arundel Community College Tournament Thursday and Saturday after playing Severn and C. Milton Wright there last season. Despite losing both games 18-12, Clipp invited the competition.
This year, however, Passover falls on Saturday and Baltimore County teams cannot play on Passover, so Clipp welcomed the opening to play in Franklin's Tournament.
Despite their losing record last season, the Comets fell by only one goal in the regional semifinal to eventual state semifinalist C. Milton Wright. Clipp has seen improvement on the field this season.
“I think some of these kids realize they’ve been playing competitive club ball and they’re starting to get some recognition and the younger kids see the older kids getting that recognition and they want the same thing. It’s like a domino effect,” Clipp said. “I come out every day and I have assistant coaches who played in college. We treat them like a college team and I think that makes a big difference.”
In addition to Schwaab, three others have made college commitments: Milani to Maryland, Flister to Johns Hopkins and Kendrick to Salisbury. Hunt is still considering her options. Clipp said some of her younger players could easily follow, including freshmen Jen Nonn and Lauren McDonald.
The Comets’ schedule picks up a little next week with Perry Hall and Patterson Mill. They also play No. 12 Mount de Sales later this month and finish off with county contenders Towson and Dulaney the first week of May.