Severn keeps Carper at helm with win

May 03, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Cathy Carper never knows these days when she'll be coaching her last girls lacrosse game at Severn.

It wasn't yesterday, when Severn avenged an early-season loss by defeating John Carroll, 16-7, in a first-round game in the A Division of the Association of Independent Schools tournament.

It could be today when Severn visits Notre Dame Prep in the quarterfinals. Or it could be Thursday in the semifinals or in the final a week from today at Garrison Forest. The favorite in the 12-team field is three-time defending champion Roland Park (12-0).

After six years and a 44-39-6 record, Carper is resigning because she is expecting her second child in the fall. She also will give up her field hockey job, but will continue as a geography and dance teacher at Severn Middle School.

"It was a tough decision," said Carper, a graduate of Severn and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., and the daughter of Admirals athletic director Fred Hewitt. "I enjoy being here. I started coaching when I was single and made a commitment. Then I got married and had my first child. It gets harder."

The further the Admirals progress in the tournament, which they last won in 1991, the more wrenching it will be for Carper to step down. After a slow start, Severn has won three straight and five of its past seven.

Yesterday, in Carper's final home game, Severn bore little resemblance to the team that lost its opener, 14-5, to John Carroll. Carper said before the game "the girls are anxious to redeem themselves," and they did.

Caroline Cassidy and season scoring leader Emily Franey (28 goals, 4 assists) each had five goals as Severn took leads of 3-0 and 7-1 and never was threatened.

John Carroll, however, was missing its star player, Beanie Lund, who was out with an infected wisdom tooth and a 103-degree fever.

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