Severn, Spalding play to scoreless tie

Strong defenses dominate in battle of top-five teams

Field hockey

High Schools

October 19, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Two high-powered offenses ran into two outstanding defenses and the result was a 0-0 tie, as No. 4 Severn played host to No. 5 Archbishop Spalding in a key Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland contest yesterday in Severna Park.

"We were just saying this morning, we hate ties more than anything in the world," said Spalding senior defender Mo Brady. "We would rather lose than tie because we want to know who the better team is."

Severn outshot Spalding 8-7. Admirals sophomore goalie Jobi Manson made six saves and Spalding senior Amanda Phillips had eight saves.

"It would have been nice in a game like this, as big as this game was, to play it off," said Spalding coach Leslee Brady.

"But I'm really proud of my team because we've only had one practice in two weeks [postponements due to Washington-area sniper shootings]."

Ties are not played off in IAAM regular-season games, only in the playoffs. The deadlock left the visiting Cavaliers (10-0-3) at 6-0-3 in the league and the Admirals (9-1-2) at 7-1-2.

"We have three games to make up next week and have to do it by Thursday, " said Brady. "Playoffs start Friday. I don't understand why they couldn't push the playoffs until Monday."

Brady said that her team and Severn will probably end up with 11 games instead of 12, and that could cost them in the seedings and the chance for a bye.

Spalding came into the game with the top two scorers in the metro area in Caitlin Swift (15 goals, six assists) and Erin Kelly (13, six), in addition to Erin Love (eight, six).

The Admirals have Schuyler Sutton (eight goals, eight assists), Molly Dodson (six, five) and Emily Mason (eight, two) among the area's top scorers.

But the defenders stole the spotlight. Seniors Annie Salsich, Anna Bovill and Caitlin Barry and junior center back Jenna Rogers kept the high-scoring Cavaliers off the board.

Spalding seniors Brady, Amy Konrad and Mary Kate Connolly along with junior center back Ashley Paschal shut down the Admirals.

"Both teams have strong, strong attacks and strong defenses," Severn coach Carolyn Abruzzo said. "My girls gave me everything they had and I could not have asked for anything more aside from a goal."

The Admirals thought they had a goal nearly five minutes into the second half when Dodson sent the ball in from the left wing. Abruzzo said Lindsey Brown's stick touched the ball, but the referees ruled otherwise.

When a shot is taken outside the circle, someone inside the circle - attack or defender - must touch the ball on the way into the cage.

"The refs conferred after the one said it was a goal, but we don't have instant replay and we didn't get it," said Abruzzo. "It was disappointing."

The Cavaliers were also disappointed because they pressured the Severn goal in the last six minutes but couldn't get one past Manson.

"We wanted this game so bad," said Manson. "We tied, but it felt like a win."

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