No. 8 Severna Park earns tie with No. 5 St. Mary's

Falcons solve goaltender in late going of 6-6 game

Girls lacrosse

March 26, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Severna Park senior midfield Kate Hickman finally figured out in the second half of the eighth-ranked Falcons' season-opener what her teammates could not: When the opposing goaltender is 5 feet 1, shoot the ball high.

Using that strategy, Hickman solved St. Mary's diminutive but talented senior goalie Kathleen Finnegan three times in the final 17 minutes, and senior midfield Laura Anderson scored the equalizer with 1:30 to play to boost Severna Park to a come-from-behind, 6-6 tie with the fifth-ranked Saints yesterday afternoon in Annapolis.

"It took us a while to realize that we shouldn't shoot low," said Hickman, who also added an assist on Severna Park's second goal. "On my second goal, I realized that on my first couple shots I had been shooting low. "

Despite allowing two late goals, Finnegan almost single-handedly kept St. Mary's (3-0-1) in the lead for much of the game. She finished with 11 saves and stopped the Falcons three times on wide-open free-position advantages. Moments after Hickman had scored to bring Severna Park to within 6-5 with 3:40 remaining, Finnegan stopped Hickman from point-blank range after the Falcons won the ensuing draw.

"By all means, [Finnegan's] a very good goalkeeper," Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said. "She's quick, she had nice saves, but she's tiny and we didn't take advantage of the high shots. For her sake, she played outstanding."

St. Mary's (3-0-1) never trailed and led 4-2 at halftime on the strength of two goals and two assists from senior midfield Brooke Dieringer. Saints senior midfield Jaimee Motley (one goal, two assists) scored an unassisted goal and assisted on senior attack Ashley Stanwick's only goal of the game to give the Saints a 6-4 lead with 10:45 remaining.

Severna Park, which outshot St. Mary's 22-16 for the game and 12-7 in the second half, stayed close on two first-half goals by junior attack Meaghan MacIntire. Hickman brought the Falcons to within a goal three times in the second half; first on a spinning flick of a shot with 16:30 to play to make it 4-3; then on a free-position advantage opportunity with 12:15 to play for 5-4; and finally on a 12-yard shot.

Anderson then leveled the score on another Severna Park free-position opportunity.

"They improved their shooting later in the game," said Finnegan, who has made 25 saves in the last three games. "I was used to getting the low shots when they starting shooting high, and of course, I'm height-deprived. The high ones sometimes get me."

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