Severna Park halts Chesapeake

October 07, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

After scouting Severna Park against Annapolis this week, Chesapeake field hockey coach Jerry Raab left with a conclusion that smacked of sacrilege.

"We're better," she said.

Chesapeake better than No. 1 Severna Park? Better than the defending state Class 4A champion? Better than the Falcons whose 26-game winning streak stretches to 1992?

Raab's players obviously thought so, too. They gave her a feather for her hair before the game yesterday, telling her that "we're going to pluck the Falcons."

Not so fast. After a first-half goal by Chesapeake's Emily Plenge put the scent of an upset in the air, Severna Park (7-0) stormed back with three goals in the second half to defeat the host No. 3 Cougars (7-1), 3-1.

Raab, in her 18th season, never has beaten Severna Park, making her no better than 0-18 against Falcons coach Lil Shelton, and probably, she said, 0-22 or 0-23 to account for losses in the playoffs.

But yesterday's game was one Raab thought was hers because she believed she had superior athletes.

"I still think we're the better team," Raab said.

zTC She pointed to the first Severna Park goal, by Krissy Schmidt and assisted by Becky Shank with 16:45 remaining, as the crusher. It not only tied the score at 1, but was, in Raab's opinion, illegal.

"The ball was batted in, which I believe made it illegal," Raab said. "That killed us. The team was deflated. Our goalie [Holly Colajezzi] lost her concentration."

Eight minutes later, the Shank-to-Schmidt connection struck again, making it 2-1. Shank scored the third goal on a penalty stroke -- assessed because Colajezzi lifted her stick too high -- by flicking the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the goal.

"We were mediocre until their first goal," Shelton said. "But that fired the team up. It was the first time we've been behind since the state playoffs last year."

The Falcons played 18 1/2 minutes in the first half without Diane Mooney, who was struck on the forehead by a hit ball. Mooney had four goals in the previous three games after missing the first three with a hairline fracture of the sternum suffered in an automobile accident.

The No. 3 spot in The Sun poll may be a jinx. Roland Park was there the first two weeks, then lost to Pikesville. Severn was there last week, then lost to Park.

And now Chesapeake? But the poll is the least of Raab's concerns. Already, she is contemplating the Severna Park rematch.

=1 "We'll see them in the regionals," Raab said.

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