As top scorer, Severn's Ryan is slap-happy

October 11, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Her explanation comes across so simply, it's amusing.

"I was having a good day, and their goalie wasn't," said Severn School's Brenna Ryan, when asked about her seven goals against Lutheran in the season's third game.

The analysis gets even better.

"The ball was getting to me in front of the cage, and I was just slapping it in."

She's been doing a lot of that this year. Ryan leads metro area field hockey players in scoring with 18 goals and five assists. And the news filtering out of Severn -- like Ryan's comments -- gets even better.

The Admirals are 6-0-2 and ranked seventh in The Baltimore Sun poll. Ryan's talents obviously are being put to good use.

"The whole team's pretty consistent," she said.

Ryan has scored at least once in every game. She got both goals Thursday in a 2-0 win over Friends and scored her team's lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Garrison Forest on Tuesday.

Ryan scored six goals last season, when she played both link and second fiddle to All-County attacker Anne Schorreck, who graduated.

But in winning 13 games last fall, the Admirals weren't a one-player show. And everyone involved in this year's fast start will make the same claim.

"My team does a good job of getting me the ball. We play well together," Ryan said.

"The passing game is fantastic this year," said Anne Eisinger, Severn's third coach in three years. "We haven't had many goals that haven't been assisted. Brenna may be the one getting the ball in the goal, but [senior rover] Kristin Bauer has over 10 assists, and everybody is getting to be part of the action. A lot of the parents who come to our games mention that the teamwork is amazing."

Nothing has been more amazing than Ryan's outburst against Lutheran, an Association of Independent Schools B Division team overmatched against an A Division opponent such as Severn.

The seven goals tied Ryan for second place on the national list for a single game, and put her four short of the record held by Theresa Galley of Massachusetts.

"I surprised myself," she said, appearing embarrassed by her achievement and the subsequent attention she has received.

"My teammates just said, 'Geez,' and I said, 'I know, I can't help it.' I couldn't just let the ball go by in front of the cage."

"As long as we win, it doesn't matter who's scoring," she said.

"A lot of times, she's just in the right place at the right time," senior Kelly Duffy said.

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