St. Paul's tops Spalding, 1-0, hands Cavaliers first defeat

Edelen's game-winner is first allowed by Cavs

Field hockey

September 26, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Perfection can be fleeting.

The seventh-ranked Archbishop Spalding field hockey team learned that lesson yesterday as the host Cavaliers dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 10 St. Paul's in Severn.

With the victory, the Gators - who improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Homer Division of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference - not only tagged Archbishop Spalding with its first loss of the season, but they also became the first opponent to score a goal against the Cavaliers.

"It was an amazing team effort," said St. Paul's co-coach Sarah Oglesby, who shares the coaching duties with Annie Smallwood. "Everyone was taking risks on the field and recovering for each other. We were going hard for this one."

That aggressiveness was evident in the first half when the Gators maintained possession of the ball primarily in their offensive end.

Although St. Paul's only had a two-shot edge at halftime, it enjoyed a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners.

The Gators finally got on the board with 22:22 left in the second half. Off a free hit, senior midfielder Molly Ahearn sent the ball toward the Archbishop Spalding net.

Junior attack Carrie Thieman deflected the ball in the air to junior attack Claire Edelen, who re-directed it past senior goalie Kristin Schwartzmeyer (seven saves).

Edelen said the goal came off the designed play that St. Paul's had been working on during practice.

"I was just watching it the whole way through," she said. "I knew that if I touched it, there was a possibility it would go in."

The goal appeared to have awakened the Cavaliers, who quickly earned four penalty corners. But senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Jordan (eight saves) turned away point-blank shots from Archbishop Spalding senior midfielders Julia Gallagher and Ashley Howard to preserve the victory for the Gators.

Before yesterday's game, the Cavaliers (5-1 overall, 1-1 in the division) had outscored their opponents 22-0, and had bested then-No. 3 Bryn Mawr.

But coach Leslee Brady didn't seem too upset about losing the game or the scoreless streak.

"To be honest with you, I'm glad we have that monkey off our backs," she said. "I think it was getting a little heavy. We knew it was going to happen sometime."

Schwartzmeyer agreed, adding, "It takes the pressure off us. Now we can be more relaxed and have some fun."

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