No. 4 Annapolis upsets No. 1 Severna Park, 6-5

May 18, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

It had been more than two years since Severna Park's girls lacrosse team walked off the field a loser. And no one was more aware of this than the Annapolis Panthers, who were trying yesterday to go through the Falcons and into the 3A-4A state playoffs.

Senior Cristi Samaras scored five goals, and second-seeded Annapolis led throughout in upsetting top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Severna Park, 6-5, in the East Region final and ending the four-time defending 3A-4A state-champions' winning streak at 42 games.

Senior Kate Brew made 11 saves for No. 4 Annapolis (15-1), winners of nine in a row. She received tremendous defensive support, especially from sophomores Stephy Samaras and Amy Brew, who repeatedly gave their team possession and did a nice job of clearing the ball.

Senior Colleen Gately scored three times for Severna Park (13-1), which hadn't been defeated since a 9-7 overtime loss to the Panthers on April 3, 1992.

The Falcons have been one of the streakiest teams around since the sport was introduced on the high-school level. They were unbeaten in 57 games before Chesapeake prevailed in overtime, 17-16, on April 19, 1991. And they won three consecutive 4A state-regional championships before beginning their run of 3A-4A state titles.

"As they say, all good things must come to an end," said coach Carin Peterson. "It will be tough for them, but they'll get over it. That's life. They'll come back all right. They'll learn that this is a game and every once in a while you do have to lose."

Samaras (76 goals, 38 assists) was held to one goal in the previous meeting between the teams, but she had four in yesterday's first half and later was credited with a fifth when a Severna Park defender inadvertently put the ball in her own net while trying to pass back to goalkeeper Shannon Chaney.

Becky Morris gave Annapolis a 1-0 lead at 3:53, and Severna Park didn't score until more than 13 minutes later, when Gately came around Brew's right and put in a high shot.

Before that, Brew had stopped three low free-position shots. A couple other attempts hit the post.

Samaras intercepted a pass, rushed toward Chaney and scored for a 4-1 lead at 21:04. Gately and Kathy McCafferty scored in a span of eight seconds to get Severna Park within one goal, but Annapolis won the draw and Samaras notched her fourth at 22:07.

Diane Mooney scored at 2:37 of the second half, and teammate Erin Wylde had the apparent tying goal disallowed because of a crease violation. Annapolis then received a bigger gift when a shot from Samaras hit the right post and wound up in the net on a sloppy pass.

Wylde was denied twice by Brew before Gately scored her third goal with 1:10 left. Annapolis won the draw and kept possession until less than 10 seconds remained.

Said Peterson: "Annapolis played a great game and they wanted it, and it showed. Our girls played a nice game, too, especially to come back like they did. They never gave up."

* Loch Raven 16, Pikesville 4: Mary Edwards and Robin Harry scored three goals each to lead host and top-seeded Loch Raven past No. 3 seed Pikesville in the 1A-2A South Region championship game. The Raiders led 10-2 at halftime.

* Dulaney 16, Franklin 4: Aimee Vaughn scored four goals, leading No. 1 seed Dulaney past visiting and No. 2 seed Franklin, in the 3A-4A South region final. Kara Lipski, Nicole Zimmerman and Allie Schuch contributed three goals each for Dulaney, which built a 11-2 halftime advantage.

* C. Milton Wright 9, Perry Hall 8: Becky Gerhart scored three goals and Willow Waldrop contributed two goals and two assists, lifting third-seed C. Milton Wright past host and No. 1 seed Perry Hall, in the 3A-4A North region championship game. Karen Bradley scored three goals for Perry Hall.

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