Dulaney ousted by Severna Park, 3-0 Benson makes 24 saves in stellar performance

Field hockey

November 05, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Unlike most opponents of Severna Park, Dulaney did not seem intimidated by the No. 1 Falcons yesterday.

The No. 15 Lions surely had reason to be intimidated. Not only had the Falcons (15-1) won four straight state Class 4A titles and nine overall, but they had posted 10 shutouts this season and outscored the opposition, 59-4.

Still, the Lions (11-4-1) played about as well as they could. All-Metro forward Amy Noble scored all the goals for a 3-0 Falcons victory in a state Class 4A semifinal at Goucher College.

Even Noble said the game wasn't as effortless for the Falcons as the score might indicate.

"It wasn't really that easy," said Noble, whose team will play No. 2 Westminster for the state title Saturday. "I thought their goalie was really good and their defense worked well together. We just had some nice set-ups and our team was able to finish all three opportunities Dulaney gave us."

The Lions actually gave the Falcons many more opportunities, but goalie Heather Benson took care of most of those. The senior keeper finished with 24 saves against 28 Falcons' shots.

"Heather was incredible," said Lions coach Anita Crotty. "She's so aggressive to the ball. She comes out with confidence and she made some key saves. It could have been a lot worse."

Benson got a lot of help from defenders Camille Fesche, Clary Creighton and Ericka Lundell.

The Lions controlled the ball in spurts and came on especially strong early in each half.

"We had nothing to lose," said Creighton.

"Winning regionals," said Fesche, "that gave us confidence because the team we beat [Chesapeake-AA] in regionals by only one goal, Severna Park only beat by two goals."

Dulaney came close to scoring only once -- with three minutes left in the game. Lynley Harold took a close-range shot, but it rolled just wide of the cage.

"We moved the ball well. We were changing fields. We were doing everything we had worked on," said Crotty, "but Severna Park had more speed than we did and they cut off our connecting passes every time we tried to get something going. We played well against a good team, but you can't win with

three shots on goal."

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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