The second-seeded Severna Park Falcons field hockey team fell short for its bid for a sixth Class 4A Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association title yesterday, losing to top seed Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-1, at Goucher College.
The Falcons (15-1) scored first, 6 minutes, 19 seconds into the game, when senior forward Tricia Gately dug a loose ball off the turf and flicked it past goalkeeper Jessica Milhollin.
The Falcons showed signs of complacency thereafter, and the Barons exploited the Falcons' sluggish play.
"I think we needed that [Severna Park's goal] to fire us up," said Bethesda-Chevy Chase coach Michael Carroll, whose team has made its fourth straight final appearance. "We knew we had the athletes, and we knew they couldn't keep up with our forwards.