Mason sparks Severna Park to 12-8 win over Chesapeake GIRLS LACROSSE

April 20, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Whenever danger threatened Severna Park, Ani Mason was there to thwart it.

When Chesapeake took a 3-1 lead, Mason scored two goals in three minutes to tie it.

When Chesapeake knotted it at 5, the junior unknotted it with her third goal.

When Chesapeake crept within 7-6 at halftime, Mason scored two of the first three goals in the second half to put the Falcons up by two.

The result was a 12-8 victory for No. 14 Severna Park (4-2) over Chesapeake (5-3) yesterday. Mason's five goals for the host Falcons were matched by Chesapeake's Melissa Wagner.

"When we needed Ani, she was there," Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said.

The score was tied four times. Severna Park scored seven of the final 10 goals, however, including four of the last five. This may not be a talented team like the one that went 13-1 last year and was upset by Annapolis in the 3A-4A East Regional final, but Peterson likes it.

"This is a building year and we're learning as we go along," she said. "They play hard and well, and they're young."

The Falcons' shooting was clearly off. They peppered Chesapeake goalie Stacy Jones with 43 shots, and she finished with 24 saves. Chesapeake had 21 shots, with Severna Park goalie Shannon Chaney making 14 saves.

"We had good passing, but we weren't putting the ball in the cage," Peterson said. "Their goalie was outstanding."

As was Wagner, who is in her second year of lacrosse after switching from softball. "She seems to play well against the top teams," coach Jim Buchan said.

Chesapeake had hoped to beat Severna Park for only the second time in Buchan's nine years as coach. Chesapeake stunned the Falcons in the 1991 regular season for its lone win, then bowed in the state final. Severna Park has an 11-1 advantage during Buchan's tenure.

"I hope we'll see Severna Park in the playoffs," Buchan said. He hasn't always been able to say that, because the Cougars haven't always been competitive, "but this year I'd like to see them again."

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