Severna Park repeats in 3A

Gardner's `team goal' gives No. 1 Falcons back-to-back crowns

Field Hockey

November 14, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- Severna Park's Julie Gardner has gotten used to scoring game-winning goals in the playoffs this season, but she saved her biggest one for last.

The junior midfielder scored on a pass from Emilee West with 14:31 left in the game to give the No. 1 Falcons a 3-1 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in last night's Class 3A state championship before about 650 at Maryland's field hockey and lacrosse complex.

The title is the second straight for the Falcons (18-0-1), who extend their state record of championships to 16.

Allison Behringer added an insurance goal on a penalty corner with 1:10 left after Amanda Himmelheber made the defensive stop to thwart the Barons' final drive.

Gardner, who scored on a penalty stroke in overtime to beat No. 2 Fallston in the semifinal, said her goal was a "total team effort. Joanna [Kiser] had a beautiful cross. I passed to Em and she passed it right back and I flipped it over the goalie, just the perfect team goal."

The Falcons dominated much of the game, outshooting the Barons 10-1, but Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored on its only shot to tie the game at 1 in the first half.

"It was a little bit frustrating [when B-CC scored]," Gardner said. "But you go down in 30 seconds and score again. It's a fast-moving game."

She said the victory was especially satisfying, because the Barons (15-4) were the last team to beat the Falcons in a state final.

The two have met in the final three of the past four years, with Severna Park also winning in 2003 and the Barons taking the title back in 2004. Last year, the Barons missed the state tournament for the first time in 18 years and the Falcons beat Fallston in the championship game.

The Falcons dominated the early going with five shots in the first 10 minutes. West scored on a play set up by Behringer's defensive stop near the 16-yard line. Behringer sent a perfect pass wide left to Gardner, who crossed the ball for West to finish off eight minutes into the game.

The Barons scored on their only shot of the first half. Falcons goalie Corinne Manuel came out to clear the ball, but Catherine Mirsky scored on the rebound, flipping the ball over the sprawled Manuel with 4:53 left in the half.

Pocomoke 3, Rising Sun 3 -- Caitlin Gibb tied the game with 1:02 left in regulation and the Tigers (11-5-1) shared the Class 1A title with four-time defending state champ Pocomoke (11-3-1) of Worcester County. Pocomoke led most of the game, and when the Tigers of Cecil County evened it at 1 and 2, the ties lasted less than a minute each. The title is the 14th in 19 tournament appearances for Pocomoke and the second for Rising Sun.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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