Sev. Park finds `D', victory, 10-7

Falcons yield one goal in 2nd half, top Annapolis

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 06, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Severna Park's vaunted girls lacrosse offense may have found an equal - the team's defense.

After giving up six goals in the first half against No. 9 Annapolis last night, the seventh-ranked Falcons' defensive corps allowed just one second-half goal in building a 10-7 win in Severna Park.

Only a goal by Panthers junior midfielder Michelle DeChant - her fifth of the game - prevented the Falcons from blanking the reigning Anne Arundel County champions in the second half.

It was a tale of two halves as Annapolis (4-2, 2-1 Anne Arundel County) rallied twice from two-goal deficits to catch Severna Park (3-0-1, 3-0) in the first half.

"We weren't stepping up at all in the first half," said senior defender Ashley Puckett, who - along with senior defender Christine West and senior midfielders Kaitlin Hancock and Lily Jefferds - played a key role in the Falcons' defensive strategy. "In the second half, we stayed up on them and weren't letting them catch or throw the ball."

Another factor was the play of senior goalie Carrie Hill, who replaced Brooke Shinaberry with 3:48 left in the first half. Although the Panthers tied the score at 6 on Hill, she was a wall thereafter. Twice, she stopped close-range shots from Shelley Boyle, and she blocked a free-position attempt by Sophie Pantelides.

"I did it all of last year - if one played bad, the other [goalie] came in and played great," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "That's nice to have."

The Falcons dominated the game by outshooting the Panthers 23-15 and winning 13 draws to Annapolis' six.

Severna Park's 11th draw led to a draw-and-dump play just 69 seconds into the second half. Midfielder Laura Anderson pulled two Panthers away from the middle and fed sophomore Katie Pumphrey for an easy goal and a 7-6 lead.

After nine minutes of scoreless play, Anderson scored twice more within 5:21 off free-position attempts.

Annapolis' DeChant scored her fifth goal of the game 23 seconds later, but Falcons senior Liz Funk found Kate Hickman alone in front for a 10-7 lead with 6:08 left in the game.

Anderson and Hickman paced Severna Park with three goals and an assist apiece.

Annapolis has dropped two straight games to the Falcons - including a 10-9 overtime loss in last season's Class 4A-3A East region final. Missed chances proved to be a factor in last night's setback.

"We got the shots we wanted. We just didn't put them in the cage," said Panthers coach Dave Gehrdes. "Instead of a three-goal game, it could've been a one-goal game in our favor."

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