2nd-ranked Severna Park holds off Roland Park, 2-1

Goal with 10 seconds left pushes No. 10 Reds aside

Field hockey

High Schools

October 04, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When rain washed out Roland Park's field hockey tournament on Sept. 13, no one could have been more disappointed than the Severna Park players.

"The girls that we play here, the other teams, have fantastic skills," said Severna Park senior Lauren Maranto, "and that is what you need to play against to get you prepared for regionals and states. We were so disappointed."

But not out of luck.

The No. 2 Falcons and the No. 10 Reds managed to find space in their schedules for a makeup game yesterday in Roland Park. With the No. 1 ranking there for the taking after top-ranked Fallston's loss Tuesday to No. 11 Garrison Forest, Maranto made the most of the second chance.

The All-Metro defender initiated the play that led to Sam Price's goal with 10 seconds left, giving the Falcons a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the stubborn Reds.

On the Falcons' 14th penalty corner, Maranto took the corner pass from Kellie West, dodged a defender and fired toward the goal. The ball caromed toward Price, who stroked a nifty reverse-stick shot into the corner.

"I wasn't expecting to get the pass, but I really wanted to get the goal," said Price, a junior forward.

The Falcons (10-0) also scored their first goal on a penalty corner, less than 11 minutes into the game. The ball was deflected toward Price, who crossed it to West, open on the far post.

The game's other goal also came on a penalty corner when the Reds tied the score, 1-1, with 3:03 left before halftime. Lawrie Peck drove Daniella Faust's corner play right down the middle of the circle.

Roland Park (4-3-1) came close to breaking the tie on another corner with 11:06 left in the game. Katie Atkins sent the ball to Faust on the left and Faust drove for the far corner, barely missing wide.

But the Falcons emerged from a timeout with 8:03 remaining and bore down on the Reds. Only good defensive plays from goalie Shannon Burke and Atkins stopped them from breaking through sooner.

Despite the loss, the Reds were somewhat pleased with their effort, which contrasted with a disappointing performance in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to No. 9 Severn.

"[The Falcons] are No. 2 and we're ranked pretty low, and coming off the loss to Severn, it was a good game," Atkins said. "They've blown out a lot of teams, so we're happy it was this close."

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