Admirals surrender to Patriots, 15-7 Severn drops second in row to ranked team

March 31, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severn's girls lacrosse team can't buy a break.

While most local sports programs have been in a holding pattern because of postponements due to inclement weather and sloppy field conditions, the Admirals have squeezed in two games in six days.

One opponent was the No. 2 team in the metro area. Another was No. 13 and the two-time defending Association of Independent Schools B Division champions.

Where's a timely cancellation when you need one?

"Hopefully, we're not going to see any tougher teams," said Severn coach Cathy Carper after the Admirals lost to visiting John Carroll, 15-7, yesterday.

Severn was coming off a 15-3 loss to No. 2 Roland Park last Thursday. Monday's game at Mercy was wiped out by the rain, but the Admirals didn't have the same luck with 13th-ranked John Carroll, which has moved up to the A Division and returns most of its talent from last season.

The score was tied twice in the first half before the Patriots (2-0) ran away and hid, building an 8-3 lead at intermission and pulling further ahead in the second half.

"We weren't connecting in the midfield, and as a result, they were just flying by," said Carper, whose team opened the season March 11 by defeating unranked Maryvale, 9-6.

"The speed -- we just couldn't keep up with them. I think that was our main problem today."

Junior attacker Krystin Porcella caused enough problems by herself, scoring four of John Carroll's first seven goals. Junior midfielder Beanie Lund added three second-half goals to widen the gap.

Juniors Melissa Moore and Teri To bash had two goals apiece. Senior Nicole Sherrod, juniors Kim Hedrick and Mary Muller-Thym, and sophomore Kelly MacDonald scored once each.

That was enough offensive support for sophomore goalkeeper Susan Butcher (four saves), who will share time in the nets with Carlin Gray. Both players are new to the position.

With All-Division B defender Amy Dean returning, along with fellow senior Kristy Metz (three assists) and junior Mollie Brumfield, the Patriots aren't expected to surrender many goals, even without an experienced keeper. Severn's last two goals yesterday came in the final minute, when most of John Carroll's starters had left the game.

"For the second game she's ever played, I think she did great," John Carroll assistant coach Anne Mundth said of Butcher. "She's got a lot to learn, but she's picking it up real fast."

Dean, the defensive captain, said, "We're giving her a lot of encouragement. She's come a long way. Every game, she's going to improve."

Senior attacker Robin Quinton tallied three goals and assisted on another for Severn (1-2), which was outshot, 32-18. Senior Brenna Ryan (two goals, one assist), junior Emily Franey (one goal) and freshman Kate Graw (one goal) also scored.

Severn sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Tuerk made 11 saves, but with the number of shots that John Carroll unleashed, it wasn't nearly enough.

"I think our athletic ability beat their athletic ability," said Patriots head coach John Hughes.

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