Opportunistic Severn tops No. 4 Park, 2-0

Schechter's two assists, both on penalty corners, lead Admirals' way, 2-0

High Schools

Field hockey

October 04, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The theory that every penalty corner is a potential goal became reality for the Severn field hockey team yesterday.

The visiting Admirals scored twice on corners in the first half and locked down on defense in the second to topple fourth-ranked Park, 2-0, in Towson.

Severn's win against an Applebee Division opponent in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference vindicated a loss by the same score to No. 3 Bryn Mawr last Friday.

"It was tough to lose to Bryn Mawr because we knew that we could beat them," said junior midfielder Julia Schechter, who assisted on both goals. "We wanted to show people that we could [defeat a ranked team] today."

Severn (4-4, 1-1 division) clearly had more energy at the start of the game yesterday, drawing the game's first three penalty corners.

On the third corner with 14:11 left in the first half, senior forward Whitney Gratrix passed the ball to Schechter, whose shot was deflected by sophomore midfielder Jessica Adam into the Bruins' cage for a 1-0 lead.

Two corners later, Gratrix redirected a hard, low shot from Schechter to make it 2-0 with 8:46 left in the half.

Severn coach Carolyn Abruzzo said scoring twice in less than six minutes was critical to keeping the momentum.

"It takes so long to set up a goal," she said. "So when you can get two quick goals from the start, it's a mental challenge to come back."

Park (3-2, 0-1 division) turned up the pressure in the second half, out-shooting the Admirals, 9-1, and earning three more penalty corners.

But Severn's defensive foursome of senior Jen Gens and juniors Anna Bovill, Annie Salsich and Caitlin Barry seemed to get a stick on every attempt and helped freshman goalkeeper Jobi Manson win her first career start.

"I tried not to be too scared because that's when the goals get in," said Manson, who made three saves. "I just tried to stay in front of the ball and know where it is at all times."

The day was not as cheerful for senior Betsy Shapiro, Park's All-Metro goalie. Bothered by a cold and an ear infection since Friday, she allowed both goals and was replaced by sophomore Jenny Cooper after the second score.

"Severn is a very skilled team," Purkey said. "They dictated the game in the first half. They didn't do anything wrong technically or intellectually."

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