Sev. Park gives Shelton No. 400

Falcons edge South River, 2-1, for county title, avenge earlier loss

Field hockey

High Schools

October 17, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Make it 9-for-9 in Anne Arundel County field hockey championship games and 25 county titles overall in 26 years for Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.

Last night in Edgewater, on No. 5 South River's Bermuda grass field, the No. 3 Falcons won the Anne Arundel County championship, 2-1, over the Seahawks to give Shelton her Maryland-record 400th win.

"I didn't want that [No. 400] to detract from the girls' game," said a humble Shelton, who started Anne Arundel's first field hockey team in 1975, won the first county championship in 1978 and has since missed winning it only in 1985. "I want them to be county champs first and then, oh, yes, by the way, it was Lil's 400th win."

All the scoring came in the first half with juniors Abbi Horn scoring the first goal from Kellie West for the Falcons (13-1). Horn then assisted junior Sam Price on the game winner.

Price's goal came with 11 minutes left in the first half and followed Liz Angevine's goal that tied the game for South River (12-1) seven minutes in.

Dee Crovo, the Falcons' junior goalie, made eight saves, none bigger than her kick-save as the Hawks swarmed the goal with time running out. Defenders Lauren Maranto, Libby Cannon, Katie Turner and Lauren Cechak came to Crevo's aid to stave off the Hawks.

Severna Park out-shot South River 22-9, and Irene Jorden, the Seahawks' goalie, had 13 saves.

"Yeah, of course, some thoughts were running through my head, but you're in a zone and not worried about a goal, just stopping the goal," said Crovo when asked if she was worried in the waning seconds. "Mrs. Shelton does so much for this school. She is extremely positive, always cheering us on, and knows a lot about the game, because she's been there forever."

Shelton, who also owns a Maryland-record 13 state titles, is 400-49-8 in a career that earned her induction into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

"Revenge is so sweet," said Shelton, whose team avenged a 3-2 regular season loss to the Seahawks (12-1). It was the second time in four years that the Seahawks upset the Falcons at South River by the same score.

In 2000, the Hawks snapped the Falcons' 114-game winning streak against county opponents, but just as it did last night, Severna Park came back to win the county final.

Severna Park did not lose again to a county foe in 47 games until this year at South River.

"Our offense was a little bit defensive, and they did a great job on our corners," said South River coach Laura Hoffner.

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