Severna Park's field hockey team needs no introduction.
But after last night's 3-0 victory over Queen Anne's, the undefeated, top-seeded and No. 1-ranked defending state champion Falcons were deserving of one.
The Falcons (13-0) will meet the second-seeded Chesapeake Cougars, who trounced No. 3 seed Woodlawn, Field hockey
6-0, in yesterday's other Class 4A East Region semifinal game, in tomorrow afternoon's region final at Severna Park.
"It was another good game, and I'm very pleased with their effort," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton, after watching her squad record its 13th straight shutout.
"We were a little slow starting, but we are a second-half team," she said. "I thought we had enough chances to have maybe an 8-0 game, but Queen Anne's played well and kept it close."
The Falcons, who came into the game having outscored their opponents, 38-0, pressured the Lions' goal throughout the opening minutes of the first half and did everything right but score.
That drought ended, however, with 5:36 left in the half when senior right wing Tressa Campbell took a feed from Colleen Gately and slammed it into the back of the cage, sending a loud echo through the chilly air at Roberts Field.
The Falcons didn't waste nearly as much time finding the cage in the second half. Campbell scored again on an unassisted goal 5:36 into the period.
Severna Park continued to apply relentless pressure on Queen Anne's goalkeeper Krista McQuire (one save), and the Falcons' defense held the Lions to no shots.
Leading Severna Park's stingy defense and making little work for goalkeepers Karen Schultz and Tara Tomlinson were Kristen Davolio, Erin Kelly, Becky Shank and Julie Wheeler.
Junior forward Diane Mooney gave the Falcons insurance when she scored an unassisted goal with 2:37 remaining.
"We just haven't been able to generate much of an offense this year," said Queen Anne's coach Martha Davidson, whose team finished with a 3-10 record. "I think our defense is outstanding, but unfortunately your defense can only hold you so far and you need to score if you want to win.
"We were hustling and we were just as aggressive, but we couldn't get anything together to get any shots off that could actually go into the goal."