Julie Gardner, Severna Park, field hockey

Q & A --

November 22, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,Sun Reporter

A first-year starter as a junior, Gardner came through in the clutch as the Falcons won their state-record 16th state championship. Gardner, who also is on the indoor track and lacrosse teams, delivered the game-winning goals in both state tournament victories. She scored the only goal on a penalty stroke in a 1-0 overtime win over Fallston in the state semis and the second goal (which proved to be the game-winner) in a 3-1 state final win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

How special was it repeating as state champs and winning a record 16th title?

It was really special because most of us have been playing together since pee-wee level. Our 11 seniors have grown up playing together and been close a long time. And they have helped all of us underclassmen by being such a great group.

How much did you enjoy your new role with the team this year?

I used to play a lot of defense, but I'm really an offensive player now. I still like coming back to help out on defense, but it was exciting scoring the goals in the [state tournament]. Our passing just got so much better as the season went on.

What it's like playing on a team that everybody expects to win every year?

You can't be overconfident, but all the players have a positive attitude. We're not cocky, but we expect to win when we go out there. We have a tradition at Severna Park to keep up.

Didn't your mom, who was Chris DeGuzman then, also play for your coach, Lil Shelton, on the first three state champion teams?

Yes, my mom played from 1979 to '81 for Mrs. Shelton and she went on to play at Radford. My dad [Bill Gardner] also had two sisters, and my aunt had two sisters to play at Severna Park, too. And my older sister, Tara [state champ as well], who is now at Loyola College, also played for Coach Shelton.

Do you think you will play field hockey in college?

I love field hockey, but will probably play lacrosse in college. I've been playing lacrosse since my freshman year and there are lot of opportunities there. I'm not sure yet on a college and what I'm going to major in.

What kind of a student are you?

I have a 3.81 grade point average [will take the SAT in December], belong to the National Honor Society and Student Government Association. Sports take up most of my time.

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