Severna Park drains South River

No. 6 Falcons' balance beats Seahawks, 9-3

Girls lacrosse

May 05, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park's plan against South River's zone defense yesterday was simple: Give what it takes and go from there.

So the No. 6-ranked Falcons spread out the field and then spread out the scoring, getting goals from six players in their 9-3 win over the No. 10 Seahawks yesterday in Edgewater.

Meg Miller, Jess Gaither and Jen Cielewich all scored two goals to lead the Falcons (12-1), who won their third straight since last Tuesday's loss to Annapolis.

"The girls have come back nicely," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "After the Annapolis game, we sat down and went over some things we needed to work on. We've played very well."

Practice on Monday was focused on the zone defense they were expecting from the Seahawks (8-3). It proved to be time well spent.

The Falcons dominated the possession time throughout, jumping to a 7-2 lead at the half and showing patience in the second 25 minutes with the lead.

"South River plays a real tough zone, and it's tough to go up against when you're used to seeing man-to-man," said Peterson. "Against a zone, you have to work in pairs, connecting passes, and understanding what the defense is giving. We did a real nice job establishing our passing game and making their defense move around."

With the game tied at 2-2 eight minutes into the first half, the Falcons took control with five straight goals to finish out the first half with the 7-2 lead.

After a tough 13-12 loss to No. 8 Broadneck followed by a 7-2 setback to Annapolis in which they trailed 1-0 at half on Friday, the Seahawks were looking for a better result yesterday.

"We should have played a smarter game," said South River coach Steve Barry. "Our zone worked, and we stopped them numerous times. But when the ball was on the ground, we didn't get possession. The mental part of the game wasn't there. We're the smallest school in the county, and that seems to happen against the big schools. When we get to the [Class] 1A-2A region playoffs, we'll be in good shape."

No. 7 St. Mary's 11, Maryvale 6: Courtney Kearns' four goals led the Saints (10-7) past Maryvale in an Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament quarterfinal in Annapolis. Shannon Kron led the Lions (11-7-1) with two goals. The Saints visit No. 2 Bryn Mawr for a semifinal game at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Archbishop Spalding 9, Oldfields 4: Katie Mannix's three goals and one assist led the Cavaliers (10-9-1) past Oldfields in an AIS B Division tournament quarterfinal. The Cavaliers play host to Glenelg Country School in a semifinal at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Pub Date: 5/05/99

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