Paul's goal puts Severn one game from top of heap AIS A Division field hockey

November 12, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Despite what her coach was thinking, Severn senior Becky Paul admitted to being "absolutely terrified" before taking her team's final turn in yesterday's shootout against visiting Garrison Forest.

However, Paul used that nervous energy to her advantage and scored what proved to be the winning goal, as the fourth-seeded Admirals hung on to defeat the Grizzlies in the shootout, 2-1, to advance to the final of the Association of Independent Schools A Division field hockey tournament.

Fourth seed Severn (7-3-5) will meet fourth-ranked Roland Park, which advanced by upsetting second-ranked and top-seeded Bryn Mawr, in tomorrow's 3:15 p.m. championship game at St. Paul's School for Girls.

"We were dying to score earlier, but it was really a defensive game," Paul said. "We had to hustle back a lot, but we did the best we could and hoped for the best."

The game was scoreless through regulation and the two seven-on-seven overtime periods before Garrison Forest's Missy Hopkins ended the drought with her team's first and last shootout goal.

Severn's first three players failed to put the ball into the cage, but sophomore forward Jessica Burke tied it at 1 when she broke to her right and put a shot into the left corner.

Courtney Austin's ensuing shot for the Grizzlies went wide left, leaving Paul with a chance to give her team the lead. Paul faked as if she were going right and quickly changed direction, freeing herself for the open shot.

Maggie Reed had one last chance to tie the score, but Severn goalkeeper Jill Stursa kicked the ball out of the circle to end the suspense and the Grizzlies' season.

"Becky is very solid, very consistent, and she doesn't let the nerves get to her as much as the others," said Severn coach Anne Eisinger, whose team had moved into the semifinal round by defeating Friends, 3-1, in overtime. "I don't know how she does it with all those people yelling and screaming, but that's why we have her go last."

The eighth-seeded Grizzlies (6-4-3), who advanced to the semifinal by defeating sixth-seeded and sixth-ranked Notre Dame Prep, 3-2, after two shootouts, had several opportunities to score in the second overtime period but didn't convert. Lauren Klein put three shots on goal; one went high right, another went wide left and a third was booted away by Stursa (four saves).

"We almost had enough glass slippers in our pocket to be the Cinderella team but not quite," said Garrison Forest coach Micul Ann Morse. "We played great hockey, and I couldn't have asked for anything more today except the ball crossing the line earlier. It was a terrific game, and I'm just so proud of the way the kids played."

Roland Park 2, Bryn Mawr 1

Roland Park keeper Meredith Shuey gave up only one shootout goal -- to leadoff shooter Nancy Kim -- as the No. 4 Reds (10-3) defeated No. 2 and host Bryn Mawr (8-3-2) in an otherwise scoreless semifinal.

While Shuey thwarted attempts by Maggie Buck, Dabney Varner and Emily Hickman, her teammates Brent McCallister and Catherine Passano brought the Reds back. Passano scored the game-winner on a reverse-stick goal that barely tucked into the near corner.

After Passano scored, Shuey stepped out a bit farther against DTC the last Mawrtian, Sara Jordan. Shuey's move cut off Jordan's angle and forced her to shoot wide of the cage.

The Reds are four-time defending champions.

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