Severna Park blanks Spalding, 3-0

October 12, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Slow start, fast finish. They may be among the distinguishing characteristics of Severna Park's field hockey team.

Last week the No. 1 Falcons fell behind No. 3 Chesapeake, 1-0, but erupted in the second half for a 3-1 victory.

Yesterday, after a scoreless first half, the defending state Class 4A champions scored three again to defeat Archbishop Spalding, 3-0, for their 27th straight victory, a streak that began in 1992.

"It looks like we're a second-half team," said coach Lil Shelton.

"But this time the field was a factor. We're not accustomed to such a fast field. We're used to playing a methodical, controlled game on our [slower] field."

Shelton wasn't complaining or saying Spalding's fast field was bad, only that it took some getting used to.

"The ball was getting ahead of our players and they tended to lose possession as a result," Shelton said.

"Once we got rolling, we were OK."

Severna Park (8-0) outshot Spalding 19-3 in the first half and 40-3 for the game.

Falcons goalie Tara Taylor didn't have to make so much as one save, while Spalding's Amanda Gildark was obliged to make 22.

The first sign that Severna Park was getting used to the field was provided by Diane Mooney, who scored with 25:45 left in the game.

She added another goal 11 minutes later to raise her season total to six, despite having missed three games.

Holly Magliano, who assisted on Mooney's first goal, scored the final goal.

"Diane has a good, tough stick," Shelton said. "She always has her stick on the ball and has super drives to the goal."

Spalding coach Mary Pat Bozel thought this might be the year the Cavaliers finally beat Severna Park again.

The only other time they have beaten Severna Park was in 1980, when Bozel was a senior on the team.

"Severna Park was unbeaten and unscored on," Bozel said. "We won, 3-0."

Notwithstanding yesterday's shutout, Spalding (6-3-1) is setting school records and threatening others.

Stephanie Paxson already has broken two Archbishop Spalding records with her seven goals and 15 points.

Gildark and her understudies have allowed 11 goals so far, four

fewer than the school single-season record set by the 8-4-2 team in 1992.

Bozel found solace yesterday in the fact the Cavaliers didn't gather in a defensive cluster in front of their own goal once they fell behind.

Instead, they continued to play position hockey.

"Lesser teams sometimes fall into that and stop playing their own game," Bozel said. "I'm proud that we didn't."

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