Severna Park survives late run, beats St. Mary's at `Showdown'

8-7 victory gives Falcons bragging rights for year

May 02, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No conference standings or playoff implications are on the line when public-school power Severna Park meets Catholic-power St. Mary's each year.

In Severna Park's 8-7 win yesterday at the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field, however, none of that seemed to matter.

In an intense battle of area rivals, No. 6-ranked Severna Park built an 8-4 lead over the No. 7 Saints, then survived a late rally that saw the Annapolis school cut the lead to one with a pair of goals in the final 2: 03.

Led by attacker Jess Gaither, seven players scored for the Falcons (11-1), who have won two straight since suffering their lone loss of the season Tuesday at Annapolis. The win also avenged last year's one-goal loss to St. Mary's.

"It's a big game," said Gaither. "I think we look forward to it every year, because it's one of the teams that gives us the most competition."

Leading 5-4 late in the first half, Severna Park pulled away with consecutive goals by Gaither and Erin Shaklee to end the first half, then another by Gaither to open the second, extending the lead to 8-4 with 24: 40 left.

The score stayed that way until the waning minutes, when the Saints rallied with goals by Kate Hardesty, with 8: 18 left, and Kelly Moran and Lindsey Ringle, both in the final 2: 03, to cut the lead to one.

Though St. Mary's did get the ball back with a chance to tie in the final minute, time ran out on their comeback hopes.

"That seems to be a trend we've had all season," said St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow. "We tend to kick it up the last five or 10 minutes of every game, which I told them is not going to work. I think we just come out laid back, and then it's, `Oh, my goodness, we're down.' "

In the other girls' matchup, No. 3 Roland Park got two goals each from Whitney Jamison, Elizabeth Ryan, Allison Higgins and Kristen Sloan in a 12-6 win over No. 9 Towson.

To Reds coach Tara Kramer, whose team begins play in the Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament Tuesday vs. the winner of tomorrow's first-round game between Friends and St. Paul's, it was a welcomed follow-up to Thursday's 8-8 tie with Bryn Mawr.

"This was a nice preview game to have building toward our tournament," said Kramer, whose team's only loss this season was to Mount Hebron by a goal.

The heavily-favored Reds (13-1-2) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 27: 32 and outshot the Generals 24-15 for the game.

Towson (7-3), led by senior Katie Dolan's three goals, as well as its defense, kept the score closer than many had expected, staying even with the Reds in draws and matching them goal for goal over the final 20: 56.

Pub Date: 5/02/99

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