Annapolis, Broadneck winners in rain-shortened Hallmark

April 11, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

This tournament couldn't have been any closer.

First, a close call with the weather shortened yesterday's second annual Betty Hallmark Girls Lacrosse Tournament from four games to two. But that didn't daunt the competition at Severn School.

No. 5 Annapolis and No. 7 Broadneck came out on top -- but just barely -- in an Anne Arundel County showdown of public and private school teams.

Annapolis (6-0) edged No. 6 St. Mary's, 6-5, and Broadneck (4-0) topped unranked Severn, 5-4.

St. Mary's was supposed to have gotten a crack at Broadneck and Severn at Annapolis, too, but the tournament was shortened because of poor field conditions. Severn's stadium field, with large patches of dirt, was too muddy to play on, so the games were played back-to-back on the grassier field instead of simultaneously.

But that didn't diminish the intensity of either game.

In a 2-2 first half, Annapolis and St. Mary's (4-1) proved they were as closely matched as their rankings indicated. However, strong defense, especially from Cory Samaras and wings Inga Fredlend and Amy Brew, held the Saints scoreless through the first 10 minutes of the second half.

During that time, the Panthers' offense broke through a strong St. Mary's defense to score three unanswered goals.

In the tournament opener, Severn fell behind 4-0 in the first nine minutes but still nearly tied Broadneck.

The Admirals (1-5-1) couldn't take advantage of two free positions -- including one against an open net -- in the final two minutes.

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