Severna Park turns back Annapolis, 8-6

April 16, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Trying to determine which team had the upper hand in yesterday's girls lacrosse game at Severna Park took some doing.

The No. 1 Falcons owned plenty of offensive weapons and were averaging slightly more than 13 goals a game. Just like Annapolis.

And they possessed enough quality defenders to make it difficult for foesto even get off a good shot, let alone score. Just like Annapolis.

But the No. 5 Panthers also could send out an All-County goalkeeper who made 122 saves last season. Severna Park countered with a sophomore making only her second start on varsity.

Advantage Annapolis? Not so fast.

Shannon Chaney turned back 14 shots, seniors Erin Wylde and Tressa Campbell each scored twice, and the Falcons withstood a late rally for an 8-6 victory.

Chaney, who has shared time with junior Kathy Stott, allowed just two goals through 38 minutes, until Annapolis (6-1) used its speed to set up four breakaways that had the Falcons (5-0) suddenly clinging to a 7-6 lead.

Campbell then scored her second goal with 1:12 remaining, slapping a loose ball into the net after Annapolis' Kate Brew (15 saves) had knocked down her first shot.

"I got so psyched up for this game," said Chaney, whose first two saves came on free-position shots in the opening minutes. "They got a few breakaways, but there's not really anything you can do about that. I just held my position, did what I could, and we came back strong."

Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes said his team's poor shot placement had much to do with the outcome.

"We had no problems with the offense, as far as what we were doing was concerned," he said. "But we shot it right at the goalkeeper. She didn't have to do too much. We hit her feet, we hit her in the chest and we put some right in her stick."

Severna Park's Colleen Gately scored just 1:27 into the game, and Wylde followed with her first goal when she got past Annapolis senior Cristi Samaras at 8:54.

Wylde was usually near Samaras, which is just what Severna Park coach Carin Peterson wanted to see. She figured the best way to contain Samaras -- who had 32 goals coming in -- was to make her work on both ends of the field.

Samaras wound up with one goal, 2:16 into the second half, when she ducked a couple of defenders and reduced the Falcons' lead to 5-2. Earlier, she had been denied three times by Chaney on high-percentage shots. Other times, she either misfired or Wylde made sure she didn't even touch the ball.

"When she gets it," Wylde said, "you just have to be patient."

When Shelley Seivert passed to Campbell for a goal at 11:37 of the second half, the lead was 7-2. But sophomore Amy Brew scored twice on long sprints to the goal, Karen Hunt ran down an outlet pass and put a shot off the right post and into the net, and Becky Morris bounced one past Chaney.

"Annapolis created a lot of turn overs in the second half and came down and took advantage," Peterson said. "Our girls panicked, but every single one on my defense is a sophomore and they've never been in a caliber game like this. So, I'll give them that room to panic."

The Panthers, who lost to Severna Park in last year's region final, had possession with two minutes remaining but couldn't get off a shot.

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