Snider, Severna Park return to state tourney Goalie comes up big against Calvert in 2-0 win

Field hockey

November 01, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

PRINCE FREDERICK -- Goalkeeper Laura Snider knew there would be a day some time down the line this season when she would be called on to bail out her top-ranked Severna Park field hockey teammates.

That day arrived yesterday in the state Class 4A South championship game against a scrappy Calvert squad on a fast (( field at Calvert, and no one was more delighted than the lightning quick senior.

"I was focused today and in the world of field hockey," said Snider who turned back nine shots to lead Severna Park to a 2-0 victory over Calvert and a berth in the state 4A field hockey championships at Goucher College Monday.

"I've always said I prefer to have a lot of shots coming at me than standing there and doing nothing," said Snider. "I wasn't scared at all. I'm very confident of what I can do in the goal."

The talented keeper was at her best in the opening minutes of the second half when Calvert unleashed a flurry of shots on goal in an attempt to overcome a 1-0 Severna Park lead.

Snider rejected four straight shots with her stick and came back about a minute later with an outstanding kick save.

It was reminiscent of Snider's performance in the state 4A championship game last year at Goucher, where she made some remarkable saves to preserve a 1-0 win over Walt Whitman.

Now Snider returns to the scene of her greatest achievement with her 14-1 teammates, who will be seeking a national record-tying, fifth straight, state field hockey title.

Severna Park will meet Dulaney in the state 4A semifinals Monday at 12: 30 p.m. Dulaney beat Chesapeake-AA, 1-0, in the 4A East region final yesterday.

Snider got all the help she needed yesterday when Amy Noble scored from the top of the circle off a perfect pass from Jessica Gaither for a 1-0 lead with 16: 24 left in the first half.

Gaither, who has been on a roll lately, scored the second Severna Park goal with 9: 22 remaining in the game.

It was the 26th goal of the season for 5-foot-11 Noble, who didn't have to deal yesterday with two or three defenders shadowing her.

"Calvert played the ball, not me, and I like that better," said Noble. "That's the way field hockey is supposed to be played."

Calvert (12-3) coach Nikki Wilson said, "Amy's a great player, but I prefer playing the ball instead of players. I honestly believe I have three forwards who are as talented as Amy. They [Katie Harrington, Terri Smith and Laura Tizol] are all on Team Maryland."

Calvert played a hustling brand of field hockey but couldn't match the stick skills of Severna Park, which moves the ball with short crisp passes instead of long drives.

"We have field hockey tradition here," said Wilson. "But our tradition is getting to the region finals, not to the states, like Severna Park expects to do every year."

The Cavaliers got strong defensive efforts from Danielle Leone and Jeannie Gosheff and goalie Stacy Spigler who had eight saves.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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