McDonogh, Severn play to a 0-0 tie

October 16, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The McDonogh and Severn field hockey teams brought stingy defenses into yesterday's important Association of Independent Schools A Division game. The question wasn't who would win, but would anyone score?

After 50 minutes, both sides had their answer, as No. 3 McDonogh and the host Admirals played to a scoreless tie in a battle of unbeatens.

"It's actually nice getting a tie here. It's better than a loss any day," said Eagles coach Mickey Deegan, whose team hasn't allowed a goal this season.

The Eagles are 6-0-2 overall, 2-0-2 in the division. They remain in first place ahead of Severn, which tied for the third time this season.

"We knew they were going to be a tough team," said Severn coach Anne Eisinger, whose squad has six shutouts and has outscored opponents, 33-4. "They're well-coached and they've been playing good."

The Admirals (6-0-3, 2-0-3) got off the only shot of the first half. Senior Kelly Duffy passed to Brenna Ryan on a penalty corner, and Ryan tapped the ball to Kristen Bauer. But Bauer's shot deflected off the leg of McDonogh keeper Robin Wallace.

Severn had all five penalty corners in the half, but never converted.

Ryan, the metro area's leading scorer with 18 goals and five assists, was marked tightly by the Eagles' Mandy Sieverts. Ryan threatened Wallace only once.

"I was a little scared at first," said Sieverts, who helped keep Ryan scoreless for the first time this year. "I knew she was their major threat."

Severn had its best scoring chance 10 minutes into the second half, when Duffy passed to Emily Franey on another penalty corner. Franey's shot got beyond Wallace, but Niamh Corcoran backed up the play and prevented a goal.

With three minutes remaining, McDonogh's Amy Keiller drove toward Severn keeper Christy Cole, then dished off to Peggy Marfori on the left side. Marfori's shot looked like it was headed in, but it rolled wide to the left.

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