Severn's field hockey team gave the school a victory on its Homecoming celebration with a 1-0 victory over visiting St. Mary's yesterday
Junior wing Liz Duncan put in a rebound at the 5:35 mark of the second half to give the Admirals all the offense they would need.
Shelly Smith drove a long hit into the St. Mary's circle, and when two shots by Kristin Bauer came up short, Duncan scored on the third shot. The victory improved the Admirals to 7-0-3.
With scorers like Bauer and Brenna Ryan as teammates, Duncan does not get a lot of opportunities to shoot, but yesterday she made the most of her opportunity and tallied her first goal of the season.
"It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time," said Duncan. "I don't remember exactly what happened. I just remember seeing the ball come across and putting my stick out. The rivalry was big and they wanted to beat us on our Homecoming, but we turned our play up a notch, played well together and came through."
The victory for the Admirals came two days after a 0-0 tie with McDonogh, the first time they had been held scoreless all year.
"I was a little disappointed that we only got one goal," said coach Anne Eisinger, "but it was a great game and it was beautifully played on both sides. The rivalry between St. Mary's and Severn has always been tough, and Homecoming just made it more interesting. Both teams were very psyched."
St. Mary's suffered its first loss of the season dropped to 10-1-2. The Saints had a number of scoring opportunities but couldn't convert. them.
Saints coach Lisa Howe said that Severn's the powerful offense of Severn maymight have had an effect on her offense.
"Severn has so many weapons that we needed to mark them tight the whole game," said Howe.
"There were times when they had almost all their players in the circle and when we would clear the ball out, we couldn't get up on offense fast enough. They're easily the toughest team we've played this season."
Goalie Christy Cole recorded the shutout for the Admirals, and she was helped immensely by the play of sweeper Becky Paul and backs Alissa Webb and Shelly Smith.