No. 1 Severna Park has offense in gear

Falcons score eight times in two Nyborg matchups

Field hockey

High Schools

September 12, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Last season, Severna Park's field hockey team amassed 98 goals, and that firepower was on display yesterday at Roland Park's annual Sally E. Nyborg Invitational.

The No. 1 Falcons scored eight goals - in a 4-1 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase and a 4-0 win over the host Reds - an impressive showing against two skilled teams.

"This tournament is really fun, because we know that, no matter what, we're going to have the best competition," said Falcons All-Metro forward Abbi Horn, who had two goals and two assists. "We're excited to have the rivalry and the competition."

The Falcons (3-0) have quite a rivalry going with BCC, the team they beat, 3-1, in last fall's state Class 3A championship. The two most successful public school teams in Maryland have won a combined 26 state titles - Severna Park barely ahead with 14.

Yesterday's victory gives the Falcons a 5-2-1 lead in the series.

The Falcons built a two-goal lead in the first 21 minutes. Kim Kral got it started with a reverse stick pass down the middle for Sam Price to finish off a penalty corner with 17:32 left in the half. Horn then sent a perfect cross from the right side to the far post that Tara Gardner popped in behind Barons goalie Claire Davey-Carlson.

The Barons, ranked No. 4 in The Washington Post, got one back on Brittany Kayton's goal 1:33 before the half, but Horn and Price scored second-half goals to put the game away.

"Everyone's a strong player, and we work really well together," Horn said. "We have a different formation this year to help us push up. We were just on the ball today; our passing and communication were really on."

Earlier in the day, Gardner scored twice and Horn and Price added single goals in the win over Roland Park.

The Reds (2-1) rebounded from that loss by surprising St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (1-1), the Alexandria, Va., team ranked No. 3 by The Post, 1-0, in the last game of the round-robin tournament. Brittany Kalkstein scored the goal early in the second half and Kiley Gray made eight saves including one on a penalty stroke against the Saints, who had beaten BCC, 1-0.

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