Down by a goal, Falcons fly back to 17th region title Severna Park wins, 4-1, despite Annapolis' score

Field hockey

October 31, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park found itself in unfamiliar territory in yesterday afternoon's Class 4A East region final at Annapolis. The Falcons were scored on by an Anne Arundel team for the first time this season.

Their response? An offensive flurry.

With three goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half, the No. 3-ranked Falcons got past the slight scare Annapolis presented with a 4-1 win, capturing their 17th region title and sending them back to Goucher College in search of their 10th state crown.

Severna Park (15-1) will next play at 2: 45 Wednesday in the state semifinals against an opponent still be to decided.

Last season, the Falcons saw their four-year reign as state champions come to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Westminster in the final.

The Falcons learned a lot about their team yesterday after Annapolis junior forward Caitlin Stone tied the game at one with 14: 55 left in the first half.

Some teams get down when scored on, but the Falcons simply went to work.

"It made me kind of nervous, but I was still very confident we could do it. We definitely responded in a correct way," said junior midfielder Sara Zuckerman.

The rest of the half was mostly spent inside the Annapolis circle. Junior Jessica Gaither, senior Beth Neuberger, sophomore Erin Shaklee, who scored the Falcons' first goal early, all had scoring chances.

Finally, the referee called a penalty stroke after Annapolis goalie Emily Childs (14 saves) covered up the ball with a pack of Falcons right in front of her.

Junior Beth Davis lofted the free shot over Childs' right shoulder to regain the lead for the Falcons with a little under 10 minutes left in the half.

Neuberger made it 3-1 after Zuckerman (two assists) set her up along the left side with 6: 32 left in the half, and senior Abby Robison connected from the right side to close out the scoring four minutes before intermission.

"It was frustrating. In about three minutes, they shoved three in," said Annapolis coach Stephanie Rowland-Hunt, whose Panthers close out the season at 8-6.

L "This was a good test," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.

Catonsville 5, Broadneck 1: Kara MacLeod scored four goals as the Comets came from behind to beat the Bruins (4-10) for the Class 3A North region title. Ann Lerian gave the Bruins a lead with 17: 04 left in the first half, but MacLeod answered with two goals in less than five minutes.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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