Severn head field hockey coach Renie Sotiropoulos said all along her goal this season was to win the Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament. She maintained this through a season-opening upset of Severna Park, while her team was ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, and as it fell to No. 9 while going winless in four straight games.
The Admirals took the first step toward fulfilling Sotiropoulos' aim yesterday when attacker Bess Freedlander's goal with one minute, one second left in overtime gave Severn a dramatic 2-1 win over McDonogh in the AIS tournament's first round at Severn.
"We probably didn't play well enough this season to be one of the top four seeds," Sotiropoulos said about her squad, which was seeded fourth in the Applebee League. "But what counts in the end is winning the championship. Nobody cares who was best in the regular season."
A long hit along the right sideline started the decisive rush as Freedlander and midfielder Jen Hartman burst into the Eagles' zone on a two-on-one break. Hartman, moving the ball along the wing, drove close enough to the cage to lure out goaltender Alison Friedman, then flicked a quick cross to the left, where Freedlander controlled the ball and snapped a shot into the open left corner.
"This is fabulous," Freedlander said. "We'd been putting pressure on them all five minutes of the overtime, and we got an open shot because Jen made an awesome play. The better team won today because we wanted it more, we had more energy."
Severn (8-3-6) plays at Bryn Mawr (10-1-4) at 3: 15 p.m. today. The Mawrtians beat Severn, 1-0, in their regular-season meeting.
Freedlander's game-winner capped a second half of Severn dominance after McDonogh (10-3-5) had led 1-0 at halftime. Kelley Mahan delivered the tying goal just 3: 21 into the second half when she snuck behind Friedman on a corner play and flicked the ball into an open cage. Friedman (14 saves) had strayed far to her right to cut the angle on a cross, but was unable to retreat into position on the return pass.
McDonogh took a 1-0 lead with 13: 29 left in the first half when Beth Hurtt poked a shot past goaltender Molly Arey (four saves).
* Notre Dame Prep 3, Park 0: Kate Kaiser had a goal and an assist for host NDP (7-1-4), which travels to St. Mary's at 3: 15 p.m. today for the quarterfinals.
* Garrison Forest 5, Spalding 0: Mindy Walman scored twice and added an assist as host Garrison Forest (7-3-5) advanced to today's game with St. Paul's at 3: 15.
* Friends 3, Maryvale 1: Ella Mason scored a goal and added an assist to power host Friends (6-4-6), which hosts Roland Park at 3: 15 today.
Pub Date: 11/05/96