No. 1 Severna Park wins 2

West scores 5 as Falcons beat Roland Park, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes

Field hockey

September 17, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

After rain washed out Severna Park's first two field hockey games, coach Lil Shelton said she was asked several times how a team that hadn't played could remain No. 1.

The Falcons left no doubt about that yesterday at Roland Park's Sally E. Nyborg Field Hockey Invitational.

First, the Falcons rolled over the host Reds, 8-0. Then, they came from behind to edge northern Virginia power St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, 2-1.

And that came after opening the season Friday night with a 5-0 win at Southern. Three games in 22 hours. All in the win column.

The defending state Class 3A champs had practiced for 25 days before finally getting to play a game. All-Metro goalie Corinne Manuel said they were a little rusty Friday night, but they were ready for Roland Park.

"We were strong. We were on our game. We were solid. We knew nothing could bring us down today. Even that first goal, we were like, `We're just going to dig deep and we're going to keep playing,'" said Manuel, who made five big saves against the Saints (2-1).

The Saints, who won the Washington-area Independent School League title last season, took the lead on a goal from Mia Hurrin midway through the first half.

Severna Park tied it on a penalty corner with 15:12 left in the game as Allison Behringer found Emilee West in a scuffle in front of the goal.

West also scored the game-winner with 5:48 left, deflecting in a slow-rolling pass from Kaylee Pohlmeyer.

Earlier in the day, West scored three times and Julie Gardner had two goals and two assists in the win over the rebuilding Reds, two-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champs.

Reds goalie Kiley Gray made nine saves, but the Falcons took 19 shots to just four from the Reds.

Against Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Gray made 10 saves as the Reds (1-4) fell, 2-0.

For the Falcons, Manuel said they enjoyed their weekend marathon, and it has them ready to play host to No. 2 South River tomorrow at 5 p.m.

"With all these rainouts, this keeps us on our toes, and I think we're definitely ready for South River," Manuel said.

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