No. 12 Severn has grown a lot since starting the season 5-6.
Nowhere more than in goal, as freshman Hannah Hook proved in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament semifinal. Hook made 21 saves to spark a thrilling 10-9 upset at No. 2 McDonogh.
The Eagles (18-2) had gone unbeaten through the A Conference regular season, including a comeback win over the Admirals (13-7). Yesterday, the Admirals ran out to a 4-0 lead. Four times, the Eagles pulled within one, but Hook never let them catch up.
"I thought they were going to shoot a lot high, but they seemed to shoot a lot low and I'm a low goalie today so it really worked," Hook said. "I worked hard to make sure I was on this game and I think this was a big team effort. We all wanted it."
Becca Steinberg's third goal of the game gave the Admirals a 10-7 lead with 3:16 to go. They won the next draw, but Eagles defender Taylor Virden picked off a pass and raced 60 yards to score. Then, Katie Matz fed Caroline Spearman to pull within 10-9 with 1:19 left.
Hook, who alternates starts with another stellar freshman, Caroline Franke, made two saves in the final minutes, including Colby Rhea's free-position shot with 22.9 seconds left.
"Throughout the game, from the first shot right on through, their goalie had a career game," Eagles coach Chris Robinson said. "We dominated the second half and we just couldn't get the ball past her. I give our kids a lot of credit, because they never quit. Even when we were down late by three, we still were trying our best."
No. 6 John Carroll 9, No. 15 St. Mary's 8 -- Ally Carey scored four goals and had an assist to lead the Patriots past the visiting Saints (11-11) in the other A Conference semifinal. Jen Fox scored three goals for the Saints. The Patriots (13-3) will play Severn for the title Sunday at 4 p.m. at Loyola College.
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Staff reports contributed to this article.