Host Hammond falls to No. 7 Severna Park

West scores four goals as Falcons triumph, 11-5

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

When the Severna Park girls lacrosse team accepted an invitation to the Hammond Tournament, it knew a good test would come from the host Bears.

That was indeed the case, at least for awhile.

After trading goals deep into the first half, the No. 7 Falcons took control with seven straight goals to come away with an 11-5 win over the Bears (2-5) in the championship game yesterday.

Senior Cari West led the way with four goals and junior Katie Pumphey added three more as the Falcons improved to 7-0 on the season.

A late first-half goal from Pumphey, who turned on her defender on the right to make room for a shot, provided the Falcons with their first two-goal lead at 6-4, which they took into the half.

From there, they stayed aggressive and held possession to control the second half. Consecutive goals from West, and others from Alicyn Brunett and Zara Nematollahi, provided a 10-4 lead late in the half.

Severna Park goalie Brooke Shinaberry made the biggest of her five saves early in the second half with the Falcons leading 7-4. Hammond's Jill Mino was unmarked with the ball on the left side, but Shinaberry quickly came out to snuff the shot.

"In the first half it didn't seem like we were into it much, but we stepped it up in the second," West said. "Our shot selection was better, we were sliding quicker on defense and keeping possession. We looked for openings and stayed aggressive."

Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said the halftime talk centered around being smarter with the ball. The Falcons obviously listened.

"In the first half, they were thinking too quick. We wanted to hold possession better and look for good things - play smart and take care of the ball," she said.

"We played well," Hammond coach Emily Petrlik said. "But once they went up, we had to pressure defensively more and that's why it got away from us."

Both teams reached the tournament final with convincing wins over younger programs from Frederick County. The Falcons blanked Thomas Johnson, 26-0, while Hammond came away with a 17-5 win over Urbana.

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