After two years, Spalding, Severn still scoreless

Cavaliers, Admirals play to a scoreless draw for second season in a row

Field hockey

High Schools

October 09, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The annual field hockey meeting between No. 3 Archbishop Spalding and No. 10 Severn has become a case of the proverbial immovable object vs. the irresistible force.

For the second straight year, the game ended in a 0-0 draw in their regular-season Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest.

Both teams were sound on defense and intense in the midfield, but neither managed to create many opportunities on offense.

That was especially rare for host Spalding, which boasts the top two scorers in the metro area in Erin Kelly (13 goals, 10 assists) and All-Metro Caitlin Swift (15, five).

The Admirals' defense, led by All-Metro back Jenna Rogers and aggressive goalie Jobi Mason, became the first team to shut down Kelly and Swift this season.

Mason made a game-saving clear, kicking the ball out of a crowd in front of the cage, with 10 seconds left in the game.

"It was crazy," Mason said. "I think it was Swift I saw down on the corner. I saw the ball coming and I hit it as hard as I could."

Kelly was close by, too, adding, "If we got a stick on that, it should have been a goal."

Mason gave Spalding trouble by coming way out of the cage on several occasions.

"The last thing an offensive player wants to see is someone right in front of them when they're trying to take the shot," said Cavaliers coach Leslee Brady. "A couple other teams did that, but we were able to get it around them. One of the things [yesterday] was it wasn't just the goalie. When we took it around the goalie there was a defender there to stop it."

The Cavaliers (9-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 conference) managed just four shots against Severn (6-2-1, 6-1-1).

"We knew how Erin played and we knew how Caitlin played and we played smart," said Admirals coach Carolyn Campion. "We did our job defensively and in the midfield and we did a nice job of bringing the ball upfield, but their defense was pretty good, too, and they were on."

The Spalding defense, led by Katie Monaghan and Meghan Latonik, held off a Severn attack that has been less prolific than the Cavaliers' but more balanced with Kyle Roth (four goals, seven assists), Emily Mason (six, three) and Lindsay Brown (eight goals).

Still Severn managed just six shots, two saved by goalie Marian Cassilly.

Most players had mixed feelings about the tie, but all agreed they had played a good field hockey game.

"It was back and forth the whole time. In field hockey, the score doesn't really show it all the time. You can just get a flukey goal but this game was as even as the score," said Spalding's Ashley Paschall, who turned in a strong effort at center midfield as did her Severn counterpart Jess Adam.

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