Annapolis beats private rivals in Hallmark Scores 11-4, 7-4 victories over Severn, St. Mary's

April 07, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Severn's annual Betty Hallmark Tournament is not set up to crown a champion, but No. 2 Annapolis won the day yesterday with victories over No. 5 St. Mary's and No. 7 Severn.

"We have to feel like we won it," said Annapolis defender Stephy Samaras. "We don't meet St. Mary's and Severn during the season, so this is a chance to bring the public and private powerhouses together and see which one is really the top team. nTC It's just a fun thing."

But it was serious fun especially because the four participants, including No. 12 Broadneck, came in with a combined record of 14-2.

Annapolis, however, proved too much for its private school rivals and ended up the only team to win both of its games. The Panthers (4-0) cruised past Severn, 11-4, and then came from behind to top St. Mary's, 7-4.

All-Metro attack wing Amy Brew led the recovery against St. Mary's (7-2), contributing to four of five second-half goals as the Panthers rebounded from a two-goal first-half deficit.

It started off well enough for the Panthers when Becky Morris gave them a lead less than two minutes into the game. But the Saints rallied with three straight Kellie Thompson goals. Twice the sophomore leaped around the edge of the crease to find a high corner. Then she added a free-position goal for a 3-1 lead 12: 04 before halftime.

"We popped one in real quick and we said, 'Oh, this is going to be just like every other game,' " said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes. "But St. Mary's was ready to play. We really didn't play with a whole lot of intensity to begin the game."

Saints keeper Jen Corradini protected the lead with seven of her nine saves and a couple of key interceptions in the half, but the attack could not extend it.

Finally, Annapolis' Torrey Hunter ran one down and hit Kelly Dirks for a quick-stick goal with 38 seconds left.

"That was a little bit of a momentum changer," said Gehrdes.

Brew made sure of that. She scored on a free position 44 seconds into the second half and then found Samaras cutting down the middle two minutes later to give the Panthers their first lead, 4-3.

Jen Manning soon tied it, but after that the Saints could put nothing past Panthers goalie Abby Pheiffer. The junior, who finished with 13 saves, had 10 against 13 second-half shots.

In the Severn game, Brew and Morris each scored four goals. Kate Graw scored the first goal for the Admirals (4-2), but it was all Annapolis after that.

St. Mary's had a tougher time fighting off Broadneck, 7-4.

With 6: 57 left, Lauren Kenchington's free-position shot deflected off a defender's stick and dribbled past Broadneck goalie Fran Schlossman to put the Saints ahead 4-3. Michelle Zurfluh and Katie Robinson completed a three-goal run to seal it.

Severn rebounded from its loss to Annapolis to take a 6-2 win over Broadneck (3-2). Julie Tice led the Admirals with four assists while Jessie Popham and Amy Galebach had two goals each.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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