Severna Park takes county title

Rausch scores three goals, including game-winner in OT, to upend South River, 3-2

Field hockey

High Schools

October 25, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Pushed like never before in an Anne Arundel County championship game, the top-ranked Severna Park field hockey team needed to take a different path to find a familiar finish yesterday against visiting South River.

With sophomore forward Hayley Rausch's third goal of the game - coming with 3:03 left in overtime - the Falcons came away with a resilient 3-2 win over the No. 6 Seahawks to make it 11-for-11 in county title games.

The Falcons (14-1) never had to come from behind or needed overtime to stake claim to county honors until yesterday. Like all the other times, they found a way to end up with the championship plaque.

"They were just so determined that they were going to win. I kept saying, `If you keep passing it to them, we're going to lose this game,' and they said, `No we're not!' " Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said.

After South River (11-3-1) scored twice in the second half to take a 2-1 lead, Rausch and the Falcons showed they could rally when needed.

Rausch tied the game at 2 with 13:29 left and then the Falcons stood their ground defensively to force overtime. With darkness approaching, the seven-on-seven overtime was limited to just five minutes with co-champions declared if the game ended in a tie. Sharing wasn't an option the Falcons considered.

Rausch, parked at the left side of the cage, banged home a deliberate crossing pass from Allison Behringer to start the celebration.

"The way Allison was angling I just knew she was going to cross it, so I just stood there and waited for the ball to come and knocked it in," Rausch said. "It was a rush - intense and overwhelming. It was great."

After goals from Adrienne Hunt and Kellie Dress gave the Seahawks a 2-1 lead, they didn't slow down after the Falcons quickly tied the game at 2. With 2:55 left in the second half, Abigail McNair and Hunt both had chances in front, but couldn't get anything past Severna Park goalie Corinne Manual.

"We played phenomenal and I give my girls tons of credit because they never gave up. They played close to 65 minutes and every moment they played with their heart," first-year coach Katie Corcoran said.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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