Shaklee goals lift Severna Park, 2-0 No. 2 Falcons turn back Annapolis try for upset

Field hockey

October 17, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park continued its dominance in Anne Arundel County last night. Junior Erin Shaklee rewarded her senior teammates on Senior Night with two second-half goals to help provide the No. 2-ranked Falcons with a 2-0 win over visiting Annapolis.

On Tuesday at Arundel, the Falcons (12-1 overall, 9-0 in the county) will try to complete their 13th straight regular season of -- perfection against league competition. Annapolis was the last public school in the county to defeat them, dating back to 1985.

For a little while last night, the Panthers played as if they might match the feat of their 1985 alumni, but Severna Park made sure it wasn't to be.

Senior Jessica Jones had a chance in front for the Panthers just two minutes into the game, but Severna Park goalie Mary Gronkiewicz rejected her shot.

Severna Park slowly started to dominate 10 minutes into the first half. On the Falcons' first two penalty corners, Jess Gaither had consecutive hard drives that were stopped by traffic in front.

The Falcons found the cage seven minutes into the second half, when Shaklee scored from the left side off an assist from senior Beth Davis.

Annapolis had brief pressure midway through the second half looking for the equalizer, but Severna Park senior defender Julie Shank handled it when she jumped out on the Panthers' first penalty corner with a strong clear.

Shaklee put the game away with 3: 49 left, again scoring from the left side.

Annapolis coach Stephanie Rowland was pleased with her team's effort. She said a big part of the separation between Severna Park and the rest of the teams in the county is the Falcons' strong feeder program.

"Severna Park is what we work for," said Rowland. "They're a great team, and now we know what we have to rise to when we see them in the playoffs. I thought it was an awesome game, and I'm really happy with how we played. We had opportunities, but it didn't happen for us."

The Falcons had a 29-3 edge in shots and took 14 penalty corners to the Panthers' two.

Severna Park coach Lil Shelton would like to see her Falcons come out of the gate a little stronger.

"It was like two games out there. We played a great game in the second half," she said. "Erin was at the right place at the right time -- that's her job."

Said Shaklee: "I thought our passing was a lot better in the second half. We communicated better and played more as a team."

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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