36 straight wins, 3rd straight title for Severna Park

November 13, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Lil Shelton, the dean of Anne Arundel County field hockey coaches, expressed surprise that the question was even asked.

What are she and Severna Park going to do for an encore?

"Do it again, of course," she said. "What else is there?"

Interpretation: What else is there except to try to win another state championship? Retire after 20 hugely successful seasons? indeed.

The No. 1 Falcons won their third straight state Class 4A championship by defeating Northern (Calvert), 2-0, yesterday at Goucher College.

In winning its eighth state title since 1978, Severna Park (16-0) extended its winning streak to 36, dating to 1992. In addition to the last two seasons, the Falcons were unbeaten in 1980 and 1987.

"I'm pleased that we displayed the best field hockey in the state and that so many people were here to see it," Shelton said after raising her career record to 255-36-5.

Yesterday the real Falcons showed up. In Monday's semifinal victory over Wootton of Montgomery County, Severna Park came out flat and was hard-pressed to win in double overtime.

"My team came today," Shelton said. "It was beautiful. Everybody showed up. We played the way we played all year, with outstanding teamwork. Monday we weren't very good."

The Falcons quickly established control against Northern. Holly Magliano, with an assist from Krissy Schmidt, scored her team-high 15th goal with 8:30 remaining in the first half for a 1-0 lead that was never threatened.

"I thought the ball was going out of bounds," Magliano said. "I pushed it behind the goalie."

Diane Mooney scored her 11th goal of the season in the second half.

"There was a big clutter in front of the goal," Mooney said. "I reached and pushed it in.. . . . We worked so hard for this. We played with all our heart. We deserved to win."

The Falcons outshot Northern (10-3-3), 17-2. Goalie Tara Taylor had to make only two saves to five by Northern's Kenna Brigham.

The shutout was the Falcons' 11th and left them with a 65-5 goals advantage over opponents.

The Falcons shackled Northern scoring leader Shannon McBain and subjected Brigham to unaccustomed abuse. Until yesterday, Northern had allowed only five goals in 14 games.

As walked toward the awards table, Shelton was congratulated every step of the way. Hugs. Hand shakes. Back slaps.

"Old parents," she said with delight upon spotting the parents of a former player.

"Veteran, not old," the father corrected her gently.

Veteran parents, veteran coach. Certainly not old enough to even consider retirement.

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