S. River dominates but falls on 2nd day

Springbrook wins, 2-1, in rain-interrupted semi despite being outshot

Class 4A field hockey

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A disappointing second half that took place over the course of two rainy days at Wilde Lake put a damper on South River's field hockey season in just-like-that fashion yesterday.

In a Class 4A state semifinal game - which began in Columbia on Wednesday and resumed yesterday became of inclement weather - Springbrook scored twice in two minutes and left with a 2-1 win over the No. 5 Seahawks.

Tying the score at 1-1 a little more than a minute before play was stopped Wednesday afternoon with 22:10 remaining, the Blue Devils from Montgomery County got a goal by Kelly Shanahan after 34 seconds of play yesterday that held despite a steady attack from the Seahawks the rest of the way.

South River closed out the season with a 15-2 mark. Springbrook (14-2) will make its first state final appearance tomorrow night against fellow Montgomery County foe Quince Orchard at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The Seahawks had the territorial edge throughout - a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners and a 15-7 edge in shots providing proof. But Springbrook put in one more goal.

The Blue Devils had a long hit in the South River end to start play yesterday, and the ball didn't leave that side of the field until Shanahan joyously carried it to midfield after her goal.

Senior defender Allison Kessler sent the ball into the scoring circle, where it stayed in the middle for a few seconds before finding Shanahan's stick a little to the left of the cage. She had a clean shot that found its way past the muddy front of the cage and Seahawks goalie Irene Jorden with 21:44 left to play.

The Seahawks had chance after chance the rest of the way, but Springbrook senior goalie Emily Richards made seven saves, and senior defenders Kessler and Lauren Lieb got in front of everything else.

"We gave it our best. It wasn't our day, I guess - I don't know," said South River senior midfielder Jen May. "I thought we had control of the ball the whole game. They played a hit-run game. ... They just hit it and ran after it. It worked, though."

The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead 2:35 into play on Wednesday, with senior Lauren Disharoon slightly redirecting a shot just inside the circle that Richards did not make a play on, believing the drive from outside the circle had not been touched.

Jada Richardson's goal tied the score just before play was postponed.

"That's our game. It's the get-to-the-ball-first, crank-it and want-it game. That's what we brought, and that's what's taking the win home for us," said Springbrook coach Kearney Francis.

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