Sev. Park makes it 13 straight crowns Falcons burn Arundel, 5-0, for Shelton's 20th title

Field hockey

October 23, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park rolled to its 13th consecutive Anne Arundel County field hockey championship and the 20th in the program's 23 years last night, overwhelming Arundel, 5-0, at Roberts Field.

"Each year feeds off the year before, carrying the traditions down," said Falcons coach Lil Shelton, the first lady of county field hockey who started the program with a club team in 1975 and has built an unmatched tradition.

"Tonight, they wanted to make a statement that they are the best in the county," she said.

Junior Erin Shaklee, the county's leading scorer, fired in her 13th and 14th goals, and seniors Jessica Gaither, Beth Davis and Emily Mooney tallied the others, four coming off penalty corners.

It was domination by the No. 2 ranked Falcons (14-1) against a Wildcats team (10-4-1) that had given them quite a battle Tuesday night before bowing 1-0. Severna Park's total time of possession was 37 minutes and 29 seconds of the 60-minute game, 20: 50 in the second half.

No Anne Arundel team in any sport, boys or girls, has won as many county titles as the Falcons. The last time Severna Park lost the county championship was in 1985 to Annapolis, the last time the Falcons lost a game to an Anne Arundel public school.

And this Falcons champion looks just like the others. Only some names and faces seem to change each year.

"Each year our girls do exactly the same things as all the other teams without me ever telling them, " said Shelton. "It's the same warm-up circle, same cheers, same way as the team from the year before.

"But these girls are different in their own way. This is their tribute. Each one is different, but it's like a big snowball that keeps on going and going."

A raging fireball was more like it last night, as Gaither started things with the first goal (her 10th) from Nicki Barnes about five minutes into the game. Less than seven minutes later it was 2-0 on Shaklee's first goal of the night.

Sara Zuckerman (seventh assist) fed Shaklee off a penalty corner, and the Falcons took a 2-0 halftime lead.

Shaklee wasted no time after the break, taking a feed from Gaither. "We were pumped and out to get 'em," she said. "Jess got it to me outside the circle, and I reversed it and one-touched it."

Davis and Mooney on assists from Gaither and Shaklee closed out the scoring in the final four minutes as the Falcons outshot the Wildcats, 17-7.

"They had a wall of green between us and the goal Tuesday, so we decided to X-out their diamond and not go to that corner," said Shelton, whose team forced corner situations to get 6-on-5 opportunities.

"We had numbers on the corners. In normal play, [opponents] get everybody back there, and it's tough to get that ball through 11 people."

Arundel goalie Becky Weiss had six saves, the Falcons' Kim Lawton just one.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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