Severna Park triumphs over South River, 12-9

Seahawks goalie stifles rivals with early effort, but Falcons prevail

March 25, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Severna Park's girls lacrosse team got the shots it wanted early in Wednesday night's game against South River. The Falcons just didn't get the goals they wanted.

South River goalie Kelsea Donnelly had a lot to do with that, stifling the No. 3 Falcons with half of her eight saves in the first 10 minutes, but it wasn't enough to stop the home team for good. The Falcons scored four times within about five minutes later in the half to spark a 12-9 victory in an Anne Arundel County league game.

The No. 11 Seahawks felt fortunate to be so close early on, said coach Kim McNemar, because the Falcons took the first eight shots of the game. Donnelly turned away four, two were high and Sarah Lloyd and Kendyl Gardner netted the other two.

"Kelsea played very, very well. She kept us in it. The season is a big education and we're just starting," said McNemar, adding that the Falcons capitalized on a lot of Seahawks errors.

The Falcons (2-0, 1-0 county) had the better of possession early, thanks to winning most of the draws, including five by Erika Spilker.

After Brooke Griffin brought South River (0-1) within 2-1 midway through the first half, the Falcons won three of the next four draws and scored four straight goals.

"Our main goal was to get draw controls and ground balls. We thought if we did that, we would be able to win," Lloyd said. "It's never easy playing South River. Once our shots started going in, it made it a little easier on us."

The Seahawks came within three goals six times but could get no closer. Perhaps their best chance came three minutes into the second half after Griffin had pulled them within 9-6. She had a free-position shot but passed to Mary Milligan, whose shot hit the post.

Over the next 14 minutes, another Seahawks shot hit the post, two sailed wide and Falcons goalie Emily Mata saved three - two of them shot right to her.

Once Lloyd scored her fourth goal to give the Falcons a 12-8 lead, Severna Park stalled away much of the final eight minutes. The Seahawks had four possessions down the stretch, but Mata saved two more shots and South River could not convert until Isabella Pyne hit a free-position shot with 48 seconds to go.

Goals: SR-Griffin 3, Maloof 2, O.Pyne 2, Guarino, I.Pyne; SP-Lloyd 4, Gardner 2, Mia 2, Adams 2, Thomas, Barranco. Assists: SR-M.Milligan, Thompson, O.Pyne; SP-Lloyd, Patterson. Saves: SR-Donnelly 8; SP-Mata 9. Half: SP, 8-5

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