One goal is just enough for No. 2 Severna Park Falcons' Davis scores to edge St. Mary's, 1-0

Field hockey

September 30, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park spent the entire first half playing St. Mary's game yesterday in Annapolis, but the 13th-ranked Saints couldn't capitalize.

That opened the door just enough for the No. 2 Falcons, who spent the second half looking to make up for lost time. With 2: 13 left in regulation, the Falcons finally found what they were looking for when senior Beth Davis scored off a penalty corner to provide a 1-0 win over St. Mary's.

The game's only goal came after three straight Severna Park penalty corners. Davis was right where she needed to be, parked along the far side of the cage waiting for the ball to come across.

"You can't tell when the ball is coming. I made sure to keep my left shoulder at the cage, hit at it and it went in," Horn said. "St. Mary's has always been good and I think we may have come in a little too confident. I don't think we played our game early, hitting the ball and running instead of working our passing game."

The Saints (4-2-1) have never defeated Severna Park (7-1) in the teams' long-standing rivalry. Playing on even terms most of the way yesterday, it appeared that might change. But the Falcons found a way to win.

"St. Mary's is a drive-and-chase team and we were trying to play their game," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton. "At halftime, we talked about connecting passes -- push the ball and not drive it -- and playing Severna Park field hockey."

The Falcons outshot the Saints by an 8-3 margin and ended with an 8-5 edge in penalty corners, but the Saints had the best of the few chances prior to Davis' goal in the closing minutes.

It came midway through the second half off a penalty corner. Junior defender Courtney Thornton, who played a solid all-around game, took a shot from the left side that was deflected just wide by senior Kelly Moran. The deflection fluttered inches wide to keep the game scoreless.

St. Mary's coach Patti Lavell, who praised the play of senior defender Whitney Carroll, was pleased with her team's effort.

"I thought we dominated most of the first half, but couldn't put it in. The girls are proud the way they played and I'm proud of them as well," she said.

Shelton was also impressed with her team's defensive unit, led by Julie Shank, Kelly Adlam and Erin Hancock. She also appreciated the test provided by the Saints.

"They have a good team with good stickwork," she said.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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