Falcons fly on Noble's wings, 3-0 Severna Park senior does all scoring vs. Dulaney

Field hockey

November 05, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

So much for the Goucher College scoring jinx on Severna Park senior field hockey player Amy Noble.

Noble had not scored a goal in four Severna Park state tournament victories at Goucher College.

Noble obliterated that jinx yesterday in grand style, erupting for three goals in a 3-0 romp over Dulaney in the state Class 4A field hockey semifinals.

And no one was more embarrassed by it than Noble, who has 29 goals and eight assists this season for Severna Park and had 19 goals and seven assists last year.

"Can you believe it?" said Noble. "I guess I was always nervous coming into these games and just didn't score."

The win in which the Falcons outshot the Lions, 36-6, and had an 8-1 advantage in corners, sends 15-1 Severna Park into Saturday's 2 p.m. state 4A championship game against 15-0-1 Westminster.

Westminster turned back Walt Whitman, 2-1, in double overtime yesterday in the other semifinal, setting the stage for a title showdown between the No. 1 Falcons and No. 2 Owls.

Yesterday, Noble was forced into her usual major scoring role when the team's second-leading scorer, Kristin Crawford, had slippery feet and couldn't work the give-and-go with Noble.

"My cleats were slipping," said Crawford. "Plus, they are a good defensive team."

Dulaney's defense was tested constantly in the first half when Severna Park had possession of the ball 25 of the 30 minutes and pounded away at Dulaney goalkeeper Heather Benson, who made 14 saves in the first half and 24 in the game.

Noble scored off a perfect pass from Jessica Gaither just 5: 56 zTC into the game for a 1-0 advantage and came back again at 12: 13 of the first half to knock in a rebound of a shot by Jenn Dunham to make it 2-0.

Then Noble ran the lead to 3-0 with 13 minutes left in the game with a crisp shot into the net, allowing Severna Park coach Lil Shelton to get all her seniors into the game including goalkeeper Amy Mathieu, who replaced starter Laura Snider.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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