Severna Park slips Broadneck's grasp

Powerful Falcons get scare from Bruins in 2-1 win for county title

Field hockey

High Schools

October 19, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park field hockey team wrote another chapter in its legacy, but it wasn't easy.

The top-ranked Falcons allowed a goal for only the third time this season and needed a game-winning score from senior attack Lily Jefferds to slip past Broadneck, 2-1, yesterday in the county championship game at Meade.

"It was a challenge," said Severna Park senior defender Kelli Bowerman, who scored in the first half and assisted on Jefferds' goal in the second. "We love that. We would rather go out and have to play hard than have it handed to us."

The Falcons, who improved to 12-0-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the county, captured their 23rd county title in 24 seasons. They had won the four previous championship games by a combined score of 17-3.

But the Bruins (9-3-1 overall, 9-3 county) broke Severna Park's streak of 10 shutouts and became the first team to score against the Falcons since Severn got a goal on Sept. 7.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Broadneck needed just 1:52 to tie the game when senior attack Katherine Jackson deflected a pass from junior defender Melissa Puzak into the cage.

Jackson's goal was only the Bruins' second shot of the game.

But 1:36 later, Jefferds provided the heroics when she one-timed a pass from Bowerman past Broadneck senior goalkeeper Andrea Jones (seven saves) to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.

Still, the Bruins were relentless, taking eight more shots in the half, holding Severna Park to zero attempts after Jefferds' goal, and drawing seven penalty corners.

With 12:57 elapsed, junior attack Allison Haun appeared to have scored the equalizer for Broadneck, but after a discussion with one official, the second referee waved off the goal because it was determined Haun had kicked the ball to her stick.

Bruins coach Phoebe Kelly did not disagree.

"No ifs, ands or buts on that one. It was a legitimate call," she said. "You can't hold it against [the officials]."

With their sights on an unprecedented 14th state crown, the Falcons applauded Broadneck at the end of the game and urged the Bruins to defeat South River in the Class 4A East region playoffs. Broadneck returned the favor by wishing Severna Park luck in the Class 3A playoffs.

"It was very stressful," said Falcons senior goalie Michelle Swartz. "It was the type of game I love to play because it's always interesting and you're always on your toes."

"This was the best game we've played with our opponent because they play a very nice game," Falcons coach Lil Shelton said. "It was a pleasure to play Broadneck."

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