South River breaks through in 10-7 win over Sev. Park

Seahawks record 1st win in memory over Falcons

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 28, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Nobody on the South River girls lacrosse team knew for sure if the Seahawks had ever before defeated county power Severna Park.

Senior goalie Jen Heup, one of five four-year starters on the roster, had never beaten the Falcons. Assistant coach Laura Hoffner, around for the past eight years, had never seen any wins over the Falcons come the Seahawks' way.

And supporter Dan Colacicco, who has seen three daughters go through the South River program has been following the team for at least 15 years, had never seen any smiles on South River faces after a game against Severna Park.

Until last night.

The No. 11 Seahawks got three goals each from seniors Kim Kontson and Frannie Sullivan; a stellar, 11-save performance from Heup; and appeared to want it more at the end to come away with a 10-7 win over the No. 7 Falcons in Severna Park.

With three county games left, the Seahawks (11-1, 9-0 in county play) and Broadneck (8-2, 7-0) have the inside track to the county championship game, with two-time defending champ Severna Park (8-2) now 6-2 in the county.

"I definitely stressed to the girls that they had to remain composed and I think they did and that's what kept them in this game and kept them together even when we were down. We made mistakes but we pulled it together," said first-year coach Julie Norton.

Who wanted it more last night? Answers were spread throughout the 50 minutes of play.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first five minutes, the Seahawks got three free-position goals from Kontson to close within 4-3. Heup made six consecutive saves in the latter part of the first half to keep the game close.

South River rallied from another two-goal deficit early in the second half and didn't have its first lead until senior Jen May took a feed from Kontson and scored for a 7-6 advantage with 12:11 left.

Protecting an 8-7 lead in the final minutes, the Seahawks closed out the scoring and the game with hustle goals from Natalie Cullers and Jenn Collins, who found loose balls in front of the Severna Park cage and made the most of the chances.

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