No. 1 Severna Park rallies past Calvert Falcons advance to 4A title game Field hockey

When Calvert did the unthinkable -- score on Severna Park -- Falcons coach Lil Shelton called her field hockey team together for counseling.

"Let's have a group hug and support the goalie," Shelton said.


The goal by Calvert's Jess McFadden early in the second half was the first surrendered by Severna Park all season and put the Falcons in an unfamiliar 0-1 hole in a Class 4A state semifinal yesterday at Goucher College.

Top-seeded Severna Park, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, recovered and rallied for a 2-1 victory on goals by Amy Senger and Megan Smith to advance to the state championship game Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Goucher.


"Their goal was a wake-up call," said Senger, who scored the goal in last week's 1-0 regional win over Chesapeake. "We knew we had to come back. We had worked too hard and too long to be stopped now."

Defending state champion Severna Park (15-0) -- with a 47-1 scoring advantage over its opponents -- will meet second-seeded Richard Montgomery (12-3) of Montgomery County, which nipped Westminster, 2-1, in overtime in yesterday's other semifinal. The Falcons beat Richard Montgomery, 3-0, in last year's semifinals.

Smith, who scored the game-winner on a 10-yard slap shot with 9:48 remaining, had become frustrated after a series of missed shots near the goal.

"When I finally got it off and it went in, I was in total shock," she said.

Fourth-seeded Calvert (9-4-2) did not act the part of the underdog. All Shelton knew about the Cavaliers was that they had defeated Arundel and Annapolis to reach the state semifinals.

"I don't know anything about them," Shelton said before the game. "It's scary, playing against the unknown."

Severna Park suspected it was in for a scrap after a scoreless first half and was sure of it after McFadden ended the Falcons' unscored-upon string.

"That fired us up," Shelton said. "When we got our first goal, it fired us up even more."


No one was more relieved to see Senger's game-tying goal than Severna Park goalie Tara Tomlinson.

"I was surprised she [McFadden] got that close to me," Tomlinson said. "The ball was just sitting there and then I saw a girl going full force toward it.

"Our defense was crying at first and I felt so upset. But I knew they wouldn't blame me."

Severna Park, which is seeking its seventh state title since 1978, outshot Calvert, 34-9, and allowed the Cavs only two second-half shots.

"After that, we made the mistake of playing not to lose," Calvert coach Kim Roof said.

The Cavaliers became so preoccupied with playing defense that they forgot all about offense.