Severna Park hopes surprises continue in state soccer semis

Falcons boys, after wins over three Howard foes, go for Class 3A title

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November 08, 2001|By Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee | Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Dropping to Class 3A in a region loaded with quality Howard County boys soccer teams, Severna Park wasn't forseen as a likely participant in this weekend's state semifinals.

But the No. 13 Falcons (11-5-1) are doing just that after eliminating three Howard County opponents in the Class 3A East region, including then-No. 1 River Hill.

"Nobody really expected Severna Park from Anne Arundel County to win," said J. P. Murphy, the Falcons' leader and four-year standout who scored four goals in three regional wins.

Severna Park, which defeated Mount Hebron, 2-0, on Tuesday for the region title, will play Montgomery County's Paint Branch (10-6), at 5 p.m. Saturday at Westlake High school in Waldorf in the first game of the Class 3A doubleheader in Charles County.

No. 6 Dulaney (13-4-1) will play Northern-Calvert County at 7:30 p.m. in the other semifinal.

Severna Park's 5-4 loss to Arundel, followed by a 1-0 loss to No. 2 South River at season's end, knocked the Falcons out of the Anne Arundel County championship game. That was a huge disappointment for a team that had great expectations going into the season.

"We knew at the beginning of the season that we had the talent to win the region, " said Murphy. "And after bad times at the end of the season, we finally clicked at the right time."

Severna Park may have pulled off the upset of the boys soccer season with its 2-1 win over River Hill (12-1-1). Murphy's second-half goal was the difference.

"To come into a new [region] as the underdogs against River Hill and Mount Hebron, it's great to prevail," said Murphy.

Murphy said after the region final that he and the other seven seniors on the team want to give coach Don Gregg his first outright state title. Severna Park is 0-7-1 in state finals, having shared the 1983 state Class AA (now 4A) title with Bowie.

"It would be just awesome if we could give Coach Gregg that title," said Murphy.

No surgery for Hammond

St. Mary's senior midfielder Kelly Hammond will not need surgery to repair a fractured collarbone she suffered during a touch football game last Saturday.

Hammond, who sat out the top-ranked Saints' 2-0 victory over No. 2 McDonogh in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference title game Sunday, said doctors told her that she must wear a "figure-8" harness to help the bone heal.

Hammond said she could miss her under-18 regional team trip to a tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., over the Thanksgiving holiday but is aiming to be healthy in time for the under-19 national team camp in California at the end of December.

Spalding takes third

The Archbishop Spalding boys and girls cross country teams both placed third at the Mid-Atlantic Private Schools Championships last weekend.

Senior U'Tonna Sherrod finished in ninth place in 21 minutes, 31 seconds. Junior Colleen Depman was 16th (22:18), junior Meghan Weaver 25th (23:01), freshman Allison Humen 27th (23:09) and sophomore Brett Jackson 37th (23:40) to pace the Cavaliers girls to 100 points. No. 9 Mount de Sales (42) won; No. 5 Notre Dame Prep (57) was second.

St. Mary's, which finished seventh with 168 points, was paced by junior Roberta Schoultz (5th, 21:10), junior Kristin Nassar (24th, 23:00), junior Katie Dodd (28th, 23:10), sophomore Alyssa Super (60th, 25:30), and senior Katherine Carbone (64th, 26:01).

With a time of 17:19, Archbishop Spalding junior J. J. Wetzel placed third in the boys division.

Solid showings from sophomore Brian Parker (19th, 18:39), junior Michael Donovan (21st, 18:59), sophomore Steve Peltzman (30th, 19:26) and senior Brandon White (42nd, 20:08) helped the Cavaliers compile 111 points in finishing behind Good Counsel and runner-up Georgetown Prep.

St. Mary's, which totaled 184 points, was represented by junior Alek Pivec (12th, 17:55), sophomore Alex Smith (28th, 19:24), junior C.J. Robison (31st, 19:26).

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