Roland Park's defense foils Severna Park, 1-0 No. 3 Reds win showdown against No. 2 Falcons

Field hockey

September 21, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Roland Park's fast break stalled yesterday against Severna Park's defense and tall stadium grass, but the Reds proved they could win anyway.

Carey Scanlan scored on a deflection from Elizabeth Ryan to give the No. 3 Reds a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Severna Park at the FalconFest Field Hockey Tournament.

Even though the tournament was not set up to crown a champion, the Reds (7-0) could claim victory since they won both games in the three-team round-robin event. They also defeated AIS rival Spalding, 2-0.

This was the first meeting between the two perennial powerhouses although Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth and Falcons coach Lil Shelton had tried to schedule a game for several years. The Falcons, who are limited to 12 regular-season games by the state, were locked into their league schedule as well as games with Anne Arundel County private schools.

However, a new state rule allowing fall tournaments paved the way for the showdown. The Reds, AIS A Division runners-up last season, have won five AIS titles since 1989, while the Falcons, state Class 4A runners-up, have won four state titles since 1992.

With the victory, the Reds completed a sweep of the public schools on their schedule.

Yesterday, Reds center midfielder Erin McInnes and goalie Gretchen Crook led the way.

McInnes dominated the middle, giving the Reds more offensive push than the Falcons (4-1). Still the Reds did not manage a shot in the first half and Crook kept them in it with two of her four saves.

"We got it down the wing pretty well, but getting it in the middle was the hard part," said Scanlan. "That's why we didn't have that many shots. They were in the middle and they were stopping it."

The Reds also had trouble driving the ball into the circle, because it didn't move quickly in the high grass. Both teams were called several times for dangerous high sticks while trying to get power behind their drives.

Just before the Reds scored with 16: 45 left in the game, there was confusion when one official called a high stick against Reds midfielder Whitney Jamison, but the near official called a push against the Falcon defending her. The Falcons thought the ball was theirs and moved to attack, but Jamison quickly took the free hit from about 10 yards off to the right of the circle.

Jamison's drive hit a Falcon foot giving McInnes a free hit from the top of the circle. Ryan deflected her drive to Scanlan on the left for the goal.

Crook, who has allowed just one goal this season, saved the Reds twice on penalty corners in the final 8: 11. She made a terrific stop against Jessica Gaither's shot with 6: 21 to go.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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