Severna Park stifles tired Annapolis, 4-0

Top-ranked Falcons hold Panthers to just 5 shots

Field hockey

September 27, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If the Annapolis field hockey team was supposed to be tired, Lily Jefferds wasn't buying it.

The Panthers, coming off a draining double-overtime loss to Broadneck Tuesday, didn't put up much of a fight against Jefferds and the rest of her top-ranked Severna Park teammates, who won, 4-0, last night in Annapolis.

But Jefferds didn't place much weight on the theory that Annapolis may have been too tired against the Falcons.

"I don't know about that," said the senior attack, who registered a goal and an assist last night. "They were screaming and cheering on the sidelines. They seemed pretty psyched to me."

Nonetheless, Severna Park - which improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the county - appeared to have too much firepower to be stopped.

The Falcons, who hadn't played a complete game for six days, didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard last night.

Just 73 seconds into the game, junior midfielder Alicia Zahn one-timed a shot from long distance. The ball appeared to hit a divot, change direction, and roll past the right side of Panthers senior goalkeeper Caitlin Murchie, who was moving to her left to stop the ball.

About three minutes later, Severna Park extended the lead to two. Murchie made one of her four saves on a shot from senior midfielder Lindsay Kin, but Jefferds batted the rebound into the cage.

Then, off a penalty corner with 16:36 left in the half, Jefferds centered the ball to senior defender Kelli Bowerman, who skipped the ball from the top of the 8-meter arc into the cage for a 3-0 Falcons lead.

Junior midfielder Corrie van Ruth rounded out the scoring by bunting the ball past Murchie with 5:49 left in the second half.

Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said she was most impressed by her team's ability to find open teammates for transition passes and shots.

"This team is very experienced and they know where the other person is all the time," Shelton said. "They know where to pass the ball and when."

The Falcons also stood tall defensively, allowing Annapolis (3-3 overall, 3-2 county) just five shots. Severna Park senior goalie Michelle Swartz turned away two shots and recorded her third straight shutout.

"Our biggest goal as a defense is not to let them get a shot off," she said. "The defense did a wonderful job of staying solid."

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