No. 2 Severna Park returns to state final

Falcons make short work of Calvert in 14th shutout

Class 3A field hockey semifinals

High Schools

November 04, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's Class 3A state semifinal turned into just another dominating, business-as-usual performance for the Severna Park field hockey team.

Up against a Calvert team making its first state playoff appearance, the No. 2 Falcons constantly got to the ball first, connected passes and eventually broke through in the scoring circle to come away with a comfortable 4-0 win at Wilde Lake.

The Falcons (17-1) will take on fellow state power Bethesda-Chevy Chase - a 3-1 winner over No. 1 Fallston in yesterday's other semifinal - at 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland with a chance to add to their Maryland-best 13 state titles.

The numbers have added up nicely for the Falcons all season, and that was again the case yesterday.

They posted their 14th shutout with goalkeeper Dee Crovo making four saves and - with two goals from Sam Price and one apiece from Abbi Horn and Kellie West - are now up to a program-best 95 goals for the season.

Price and the Falcons are well aware the task will be much tougher against Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

"It's going to take a lot," she said. "It's going to take good passing, good defense, good [midfield play], good offense and our goalie has to be on. Our whole team has to be physically and mentally ready."

Against Calvert yesterday, the Falcons had a decisive 25-4 edge in shots and a 12-1 advantage in penalty corners, but first-half struggles in the scoring circle kept it a 1-0 game at the half on a goal from Price.

In the second half, the Falcons put it all together with West and Horn scoring four minutes apart 10 minutes in and then Price adding her second goal late. Senior center back Lauren Maranto and the Falcons defense also did their jobs, with the Cavaliers relying on strong drives that were quickly sent right back in their end.

"They moved with the ball very well and you could see they've been playing together long enough to know - the same routine and same system of play has been in place for a long time there," said Calvert second-year coach Bridget LoJacono.

Eliminated in the region final the past two years by Fallston, the Falcons want to make sure to make the best of their return to states. They got off to a good start yesterday.

"It felt good because we hadn't been in this game the past two years," said Horn, who has 16 goals and 11 assists on the season. "So when we got here, we were like `Guys we have to do this.' "

On Saturday, the Falcons will be up against a team that has 12 state titles of its own, including last year's Class 2A state crown.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase's victory over Fallston brings two of the richest field hockey programs together on Saturday for the first time in state play.

"I don't know what's going to happen Saturday. But we'll be there and we'll be ready," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.

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