Members of the Severn golf team found it difficult to celebrate after yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association win over archrival St. Mary's at Dwight D. Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.
Not that the Admirals didn't enjoy their 17 1/2- 1/2 victory over the young Saints. They were just still smarting from their first loss Friday toLoyola.
"They were disappointed," said Severn six-year coach Tom Heslin after watching his team up its MSA record to 4-1. "Winning is more funthan losing, but they handled it well.
"They handled (losing) much the way I thought they would, and they didn't make light of the fact that they had gotten beaten. With golf you're always playing against the course, but I was fairly well content that most of them went out and did their best on that day."
It may not have been Severn's best yesterday, but it was more than enough to hold off a Saints squadthat was lacking its No. 1 player, Andy Adams, who was out sick. TheAdmirals swept every possible point in the 12-hole match, except forhalf a point at the No. 2 position.
"We're just young and it's hard to match up with a team like this," said St. Mary's assistant coach Jeff McKnight, who was standing in for head coach Bob Fretwell. "We've got a No. 1 and No. 2 player, but beyond that we're thin."
With Adams out, Doug Coale moved up from No. 2 to the top spot for St. Mary's, where he was kept at bay by Severn's steady No. 1 man, John Collins. Collins, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, consequently swept all three possible points and upped his record to 3-2 on the year.
Severn's No. 2 player, Eric Kazmierczak, claimed 2 1/2 points from Joe Conte, but the senior still had Loyola on his mind.
"It was terrible," Kazmierczak said of last Friday's 10 1/2-7 1/2 loss to the Dons. "I didn't feel good the whole day and nobody on the team was really up for it. We just weren't ready to play. If we want to beat them, everybody has to play their best.
"They're solid all the way through their line-up, so everybody has to play well. We're still a little rough around the edges. We have to get a little more mentally prepared for our matches."
Severn's No. 3 through No. 6 players -- Mike Fisher, Andrew Jones, Budge Collinson and Bart Shaeffer -- had an easy time of sweeping their points from their respective opponents, but none had forgotten what it feels like to be on the losing end of things.
And neither had their coach.
"Loyola is good. They're very good, as a matter of fact," said Heslin. His team will get another shot at the Dons on May 4.