St. Paul's wins easily over Severn Gators justify No. 4 rank with 5-0 breeze behind Polk-Williams twins

Field hockey

October 02, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

For a young Severn team still looking to find an identity, yesterday afternoon was not the time to run into defending Association of Independent Schools A Division champ St. Paul's.

The No. 4-ranked Gators, playing their best game this season, jumped all over No. 12 Severn and came away with a comfortable 5-0 win in Brooklandville.

Alison and Hilary Polk-Williams, junior twin sisters at midfield, set the pace with two goals and an assist each. Sophomore forward Jenny Landsman added a goal and an assist as the Gators (4-0) jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead.

"I think the fundamentals of our game fell into place today. We executed precisely and came out with two quality halves," said Hilary Polk-Williams.

"We hadn't been getting off to the good start, waiting until the second half to ge things done. Today, we got everyone together right from the start."

It took the Gators close to 10 minutes to find the cage despite dominating from the start with a cohesive effort from the defense up to attack. On their second penalty corner, Landsman took a short tap from the right side and sent a ball through the crease to Hilary Polk-Williams, who banged it home for a 1-0 lead.

Landsman and Hilary Polk-Williams followed with goals in front and Alison Polk-Williams made it 4-0 with a minute left in the half.

With six starters lost from last year's 8-4-6 team, Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos understands there will be games like this while her Admirals (2-3-2) learn to mesh.

She did find some positives with improved play in the second half that included some fine goal-keeping from Brenley Jacobs, who entered the game at intermission and had four saves.

Sotiropoulos said junior defender Biff Moorshead also had a fine all-around game.

"St. Paul's is the most talented team we've played so far," Sotiropoulos said. "They're very aggressive and skilled and we didn't come out and play as well as we should have. Every good play they made got them more and more confident and we got less confident. Then it snow-balled.

"We're still coming together and I see some sparks, but it's going to take some time."

With a new group of forwards and a new keeper in Laura DiCamillo, St. Paul's coach Eileen Alban said the Gators also still have some work to do. They took a big step forward in yesterday's win.

"This is the best I've seen them play. Everything fell in nicely," she said. "This year, we have more depth and it's nice to be able to use different people and not lose much."

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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