Zorn's save saves the day

In a defensive showdown, Falcons defeat Seahawks for the sixth consecutive time

Severna Park 1 South River 0

Field hockey

September 19, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

Brittany Zorn wasn't about to let a bump on the head keep her out of the biggest game of the regular season - yesterday's showdown between her No. 1 Severna Park field hockey team and No. 2 South River, both defending state champions.

On Saturday, Zorn took a stick to the forehead during a game with St. Stephen's/St Agnes. The senior defender left the game and had a headache for a while but felt fine yesterday. The Falcons were certainly thankful.

In a gritty defensive duel, Zorn came up with a game-saving defensive gem early in the second half. Her stick save on the goal line preserved a 1-0 Falcons lead that held up.

Yesterday's victory marked the sixth straight for the host Falcons in a rivalry that has grown more intense since South River won in 2000, ending Severna Park's 114-game winning streak over Anne Arundel County foes. The Seahawks also won the regular-season game in 2003 but are still looking to take the county title game that Severna Park has won all 11 times.

South River's intensity was evident three minutes after the half when it sent a ball rolling past All-Metro goalie Corinne Manuel on the right post. Zorn made a lunging stick save and, as the ball rolled away, ended up flat on her back across the goal line.

"You see it and from the first reaction, think just dive for it. You see it going through and you put your stick out there," said Zorn, whose team improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Anne Arundel County.

While Zorn's play was the most dramatic, her defensive teammates made big plays, too. Casey Kriebel thwarted Melissa Nelson's breakaway attempt in the final minute. Shayna Stearns and Claire Horn also repeatedly foiled their foes. Manuel finished with five saves and made a handful of clears to keep the Seahawks (3-1, 1-1) from getting close to her cage.

"They just all work so well together," South River coach Katie Corcoran said. "They recover well. They communicate well. Corinne in goal, she talks to them. It's hard when they have such chemistry to get it around that."

As good as Severna Park's defense was, the Seahawks were the Falcons' equal for all but a second. Hope Battista, Heather Bresnahan and Allison Ose made their share of big plays, and goalie Virginia Jorden had six saves.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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