Defense leads Annapolis to sweep in Hallmark


Annapolis junior Amy Brew summed up her team's incentive yesterday in eight easy words, equaling the number of goals the Panthers allowed in two games.

"The less they score," she said, "the less we run."

The Panthers' defense slowed their opponents to a crawl in the Betty Hallmark Tournament at Severn School, and No. 9 Annapolis (6-1) was the only team to sweep.

Brew, a defensive wing, had seven goals and one assist in a 7-4 win over No. 8 St. Mary's and an 8-4 victory over Severn. But it was her ability to keep the other side from scoring that brought the most satisfaction. And the assurance that the Panthers' next practice won't resemble a marathon.

"Eight goals, eight hills," she said, smiling.

Brew had two take-aways and five ground balls against St. Mary's (10-2). Stephy Samaras, a junior who plays third man, had six take-aways and one block, and also scored once.

"Our defense did a real nice job in both games," said coach Dave Gehrdes. "Amy is playing like an All-American, and that's what she is. And so is Stephy Samaras. Those two are giving everything they have in every game. They both are playing extremely well."

And they weren't alone yesterday. Sophomore defensive wing Kate Bjorke had one of her better games, and sophomore goalkeeper Abby Pheiffer made 19 saves against St. Mary's and two more against Severn.

Senior attacker Karen Hunt scored twice against Severn (3-7) and once against St. Mary's.

The Saints rebounded after their opening loss by defeating No. 13 Broadneck (4-3), 5-4. Erin Callaghan didn't score after collecting three goals against Annapolis, but Jen Manning had two goals, including one off a pass from Meaghan O'Doherty that put St. Mary's ahead, 5-3, at 15:04 of the second half. Broadneck's Meghan Branning scored at 23:14, but the Saints didn't fold.

Jennifer Sturm had given them the lead for good, 4-3, at 3:33. Teammate Kristen Hagert had tied the score just 30 seconds into the second half after initially being denied by Bruins keeper Tara Jensen (16 saves).

"I'm a lot happier with this game," said St. Mary's first-year coach Erica Mawhorr, "but we also played well in the Annapolis game. It just wasn't good enough. Annapolis' keeper was excellent."

Jensen made 12 saves and Jessica Hull had four goals in Broadneck's first game, a 10-9 win over Severn. Liz Goodrich, Ann Rodriguez (three assists) and Josalyn Powers (one assist) each scored twice.

Goodrich broke a 9-9 tie late in the second half.

Broadneck coach Jennifer Shuck said: "It wasn't bad. We had a lot of good moments. A lot of nice plays that we connected well on. We just weren't winning the draws enough. We started out in both games very flat and had too many turnovers, just throwing the ball away. And we just weren't connecting enough at the end of the St. Mary's game.

"Some things worked well that we were trying, and I liked that, but then we also had some problems with some other stuff I thought we were doing well on. It's always something."

Severn's Kate Graw totaled five goals and one assist in two games. Heidi Hammes had three goals against Broadneck, and Julie Tice added two. Senior Stephanie Tuerk made six saves against Broadneck and 17 against Annapolis.

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