Long Reach is shut out by Sev. Park

Two-year drought ends for longtime coach Shelton

3A East field hockey

High Schools

October 31, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Lil Shelton and Severna Park are headed back to the girls field hockey final four after a two-year drought.

After losing the past two region finals on their field to Fallston, legendary coach Shelton's host Falcons humbled Long Reach of Howard County, 3-0, in yesterday's Class 3A East final yesterday in Anne Arundel County.

"It was really rough because we wanted it [the last two region finals] so bad, but we wanted it 10 times more this year," said Severna Park's senior leader, Lauren Maranto, who went from tears the past two years to a beaming smile yesterday. "We're going to take it all the way this year."

The Falcons will play Calvert, which beat Northern on penalty strokes, in the state semifinals Monday at 2:45 p.m. at Wilde Lake.

The No. 2 Falcons (16-1), who will make their Maryland-record 21st appearance in the states in hopes of adding to their record 13 state titles under Shelton since the tournament began in 1975, scored all their goals in the first half.

Sam Price scored two goals and Abbi Horn the other. Junior goalie Dee Crovo was called on just once to make a save as the Falcons outshot Long Reach 21-1 with smooth passing and crossing, and dominated defensively.

Maranto anchored the Falcons' strong defense with Price, Kalyn Perkins and Lauren Cechak.

"I think our girls really hung in there, but Severna Park is a great team and their passing was great, and was definitely on," said Long Reach coach Melissa Lennon, whose team lost in the 1999 and 2000 3A state finals.

"Our connecting passes weren't there today. Our goalie made some tremendous saves, but we never had that spark which I've seen in other games."

Molly Pope had 18 saves and, along with the defense of Carlie Nethken and Kelly Filipowicz, helped keep the Lightning (11-6) in the game in the second half, but it was unable to generate any offense.

"I'm disappointed we're not going to Goucher," said Shelton, referring to the site of the state tournament for over 20 years. "All you have to say is, `We're going to Goucher,' and everybody knows what you're talking about. Now, it's going somewhere else for the state semis and to the University of Maryland for the state finals, which is going to be a nice change. But I'm so traditional and the change is hard."

Goucher College was unable to play host to the state tournament because of poor field conditions, and the semifinals were moved to four sites in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, with the finals to be played on Maryland's turf field.

No. 5 South River 3, Meade 1: The visiting Seahawks won the 4A East championship behind two scores from sophomore Jill Hodges. The Seahawks (15-1) led 1-0 at halftime and pulled away from a pesky Meade squad in the second half.

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