Severna Park presses Broadneck, 3-0 Field hockey

November 04, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Severna Park field hockey players seldom lose, but when they do, they usually come back with a vengeance.

The top-seeded Falcons (12-1) -- coming off a 1-0 loss to Queen Anne's on Friday that snapped a 36-game regular-season win streak -- dominated third-seeded (3-8-2) Broadneck, 3-0, yesterday in the Class 4A, Region IV semifinals at Severna Park.

Severna Park, the Baltimore Sun's top-ranked team, will play host to Queen Anne at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the region final.

"We talked about the loss and our scoring drought a lot the last few days," said senior Gabrielle Cormier, who scored the Falcons' first and last goals.

"Sometimes this year we lost our intensity and we knew we had to get it up for the playoffs," Cormier said. "We were ready to play today."

Lil Shelton, the county's most successful coach (227-36-5), can't explain what happened at Queen Anne's Friday, but was ecstatic over the way her team rebounded.

"I'm very pleased over the way they bounced back because that Queen Anne's game is still a mystery," said Shelton, who is in her 18th season as head coach.

"Our last three games we had a scoring drought. We won two of them, 1-0, and lost to Queen Anne's by that score, but today we looked great and peppered their goal."

The Falcons launched 31 shots (22 in second half) on the Bruins'

goal.

A well-conceived drive at the Broadneck goal with just under 8 minutes to go in the first half resulted in Cormier's first goal.

"There were two great passes from the right to hit me down the middle from Christina [Ferris] and Colleen [Gately] and I put it in," said Cormier, one of 11 seniors on the team.

After Shelton warned her team about its somewhat lackluster effort at halftime, telling them, 'You better start sprinting or I'm going to put some other girls in,' the Falcons came out revved up for the final half.

Just 2:50 into the second half, senior Tressa Campbell found the bull's-eye unassisted for her sixth goal of the season.

Severna Park is seeking its first state championship since 1987.

"We're due," said Shelton.

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