A little more than midway through yesterday's Class 4A Region IV field hockey final, Severna Park coach Lil Shelton could tell that her team needed an extra push.
Visiting Broadneck had taken control earlier in the first half and then began playing the defending region champs to a standstill, which was just about enough for the veteran field chief.
"I don't know what the problem was, and sometimes you never know what the problem is, but when we saw the lull, we decided it was a good time to call a timeout," said Shelton, winner of five state and 11regional championships.
"I told them that they had to to spread out and move the ball, and that they weren't playing like Severna Parkplays. And I also added that if they wanted to go to the state tournament, they were going to have to start playing with a little more enthusiasm."
The Falcons responded to Shelton's threat and scored two goals in less than six minutes, as they defeated the Bruins, 2-0, at Roberts Field.
"When Severna Park called the timeout, it broke our momentum," said Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly.
"I think the gamewas pretty even. The big difference in this game was that our girls didn't stop the ball (after crossing passes). If we stopped the ballslike we were supposed to, we would have been OK."
Senior Jen Stone tucked a shot in the left corner past Bruin goalkeeper Rachel Sassiwith 12 minutes remaining in the opening half. Teammate Gabrielle Cormier fed the senior offensive player on a penalty corner.
Five minutes and 30 seconds later, Severna Park (14-0) went back on the attack.
This time Cormier's shot was stopped by Sassi, however, and the senior fell on top of the ball, setting up Stone for a penalty stroke. Stone flipped a shot that deflected off of Sassi and into the left corner.
"The whole front line played well in the first half, butwe didn't get the same opportunities in the second half," said Shelton, whose team will attempt to make up for last year's championship loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Monday (1 p.m.) at Goucher College against an opponent to be determined.
"They (Broadneck) came out in the second half driving the ball down the field. We weren't trying to play defensively. We were trying to score two more."
The Bruins outshot the Falcons, 3-0, in the second half, but none found their way toward the goal, as junior goalkeeper Rachel Kidwell was anchored by a defensive unit led by senior Chris Flack.
"Sally Morgan, Susan Leavitt, Chris Flack and Jenny Collins are all great defensive players, and I have a lot of confidence in them," said Shelton.
Broadneck, which suffered a 1-0 loss to the Falcons during the regular season, finished the season at 8-5-1.