Seahawks latest threat to Falcons' crown

Field hockey teams meet tonight for county title


High schools

October 17, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The one given that comes with the county's field hockey championship game - set for 7 tonight at North County - is No. 7 Severna Park will be there.

The opponent, however, varies from year to year. This time, it's No. 10 South River with the chance to defeat the Falcons.

The Falcons (10-1-2) have won 23 of the 24 county championships - including a 2-1 win over Broadneck last year - and come into tonight's game with 10 straight shutout wins over the rest of the county. The Seahawks (11-1) are also 10-0 in county play.

For the Falcons, it always comes down to the same thing.

"We just have to play our game and that's everybody playing together," said coach Lil Shelton.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams with the regular-season game set for Tuesday postponed and no makeup date set.

The Seahawks, two years removed from their only state title, have 13 seniors, led by center midfielder Tina Earley (four goals, four assists), forward Lindsay Ferrogine (seven goals, three assists) and back Erin Gentilcore.

Four sophomores start for the Falcons, with right wing Abbi Horn leading the team in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists. Junior center Lauren Maranto has played well at both ends and has five goals as the hitter on penalty corners.

Old Mill having a say

While the No. 3 South River and No. 6 Severna Park boys soccer teams have maintained lofty status throughout the season in the metro area's Top 15, another team - Old Mill - has quietly gone about its business and become a factor in the county race.

Coach Jeff Martin knew what he had to work with offensively in the dangerous one-two combination of Daniel Bulls and Wiji Jones.

After some adjustments behind them - most notably moving senior Jason Stern from sweeper to center midfield and junior Andrew Appelbaum from outside halfback to sweeper - the Patriots (8-2-2, 7-1-1 in the county) have taken off.

At 6 feet, Stern has given the Patriots a big presence in the middle, particularly in the air, and Appelbaum has brought midfield skills to the back line.

Bulls has scored his nine goals when the Patriots have needed them most, including an overtime game-winner against Broadneck, and Jones (five goals, six assists) gets the team going with his distribution and finishing ability.

"When those two guys are on, we're pretty tough to stop," said Martin.

With a visit coming from defending county champ South River (8-1-2, 7-0-1) set for 7:15 tonight, Martin hopes that will once again be the case.

"They're very strong defensively and we'll have our work cut out for us," said Martin. "If we can slow them down offensively and possess the ball, we should have a good chance. We've got to take it to their defense."

Defending Class 3A state champ Severna Park (8-2-1, 6-0-1) also has a big say in who plays in Tuesday's county championship game at Southern. The Falcons, who tied Old Mill, 1-1, two weeks ago, were scheduled to play South River on Tuesday, but the game was postponed with no makeup date set.

Et cetera

Nick Bowen broke the career rushing and touchdown records at Chesapeake High on Monday in the Cougars' 14-13 loss to Arundel that left both teams 3-3.

Brandon Steinhem (1990-92) held the career records of 2,975 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns. Now with eight touchdowns and 844 yards rushing this season through the Arundel game, Bowen has 34 career touchdowns and 2,982 yards.

Annapolis (6-0) is ranked No. 12 and Broadneck (5-1) No. 21 in the latest Maryland Associated Press high school football state poll. ... Old Mill (4-2) ended a two-game losing streak in county football with a 45-25 romp over Northeast (2-4) on Monday as quarterback Tyler Young passed for 162 yards and three touchdowns. ... No. 4 Arundel (9-0) will play host to No. 7 Broadneck (8-2) in a key 5:15 p.m. volleyball match today. A Broadneck win could create a three-way tie for first with Arundel and Severna Park. Broadneck's only league loss was to Severna Park, while the latter lost to Arundel.

Staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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