Annapolis withstands Severna Park, 6-4

Childs' work in goal helps Panthers advance

May 18, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The final whistle was heard, an Annapolis win was secure, and the No. 6-ranked Panthers were racing down the field to greet their junior goalie Emily Childs almost as if they had won another state title.

That's what the Annapolis-Severna Park girls lacrosse rivalry is all about.

Yesterday in Annapolis, sophomore Kristy Dirks scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left, leaving the rest of the second-half work to Childs and a stifling defense as the Panthers advanced to the Class 3A-4A East region final with a 6-4 win over the No. 5 Falcons.

Annapolis will meet No. 8 Broadeck -- a 12-8 win over Arundel in the other semifinal -- tomorrow to see who goes to this weekend's state tournament at UMBC.

Just how close was the three-games series between the two teams this spring?

Annapolis (16-1) took the regular-season game, 7-5. Severna Park (15-2) came back to win the county championship game, 6-5, in double overtime. And in yesterday's game, neither team had anything more than a one-goal lead throughout until junior Katie Hartman scored the game's final goal with three seconds left.

Next came the dash toward Childs, who turned back nine Severna Park shots -- three big ones coming in the first six minutes of the second half with the Falcons down 4-3 and dominating.

"It didn't really hit me until about 30 seconds after the whistle. It feels so, so good," said Childs. "The first 10 minutes or so [in the second half], there was a lot of action on our side. But we started controlling the ball more and played a little smarter."

Severna Park senior standout Julie Shank, a first-team All-Metro defender headed for the University of Maryland next fall, was finally able to get the Falcons even at 4-4 with a goal at the 16: 05 mark of the second half.

The defending state champion Panthers found the winning answer five minutes later when Lauren Mincher found Dirks at the right side on a free-position situation. Dirks flashed through the middle and went low to beat Severna Park goalie Kim Lawton, who also played a strong game with eight saves.

The Falcons had three more solid scoring chances: Jess Mundt from the left side -- save Childs; Lindsey Nauman's shot right on from a tough angle -- save Childs; and a Shank free-position chance with 3: 14 left that just missed high.

"No matter who wins, it's always a great game," said Shank. "We had some great practices and I felt pretty good about the game coming in. We didn't come out as aggressive as we usually do. We didn't get the draws or a lot of ground balls and we had a hard time finishing. I came up short on a couple of chances."

From there, the Panthers did well to maintain possession in stall mode to run out the clock.

"Annapolis played a great game and did a good job finishing. We also played well and had opportunties, but couldn't always capitalize," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson.

After getting past Severna Park in the region playoffs last season, the Panthers didn't have another serious test the rest of the way as they captured the state title with a 17-2 win over C. Milton Wright.

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