South River stuns Severna Park, 3-2


Laura Gerrior was a player on the 1989 Broadneck field hockey team that knocked off powerhouse Severna Park, 1-0.

That was the last time the 12-time state champions had lost to an Anne Arundel County public school team until yesterday in Edgewater.

Gerrior, now the fourth-year head coach at South River, guided her No. 8 Seahawks to a thrilling 3-2 upset of the top-ranked Falcons in overtime yesterday. Severna Park had won over 120 consecutive county public school league games since '89.

"I remember it like it was yesterday," said Gerrior, who took over a program that had won one game, and in four years has the Seahawks playing on the level of the team that has set the standard.

"Tracy Peck scored the goal and we beat them. This means a lot today. Everybody comes into Severna Park with an attitude, 'Oh my God, it's Severna Park, they're No. 1.' We knew we could win this game."

Junior midfielder Evelyn Long scored the first and last goals for the Seahawks (5-1), the game-winner coming just minutes into the extra session.

Sophomore Tina Earley had the ball with Long on her right as they roared toward Falcon goalkeeper Michelle Swartz (four saves). In a one-on-one situation, Long took a crossover from Earley, dodged Swartz and tapped it in, setting off a wild celebration in front of the Falcons goal.

"We've been wanting to beat Severna Park forever," Long said.

"We have wonderful coaching and played with our heart and beat them."

Angela Cunningham scored the host's second goal nearly 10 minutes after Long to send South River into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

All-Metro wing Nicki Barnes scored in each half for the Falcons (3-2), and provided the tying goal just moments into the second half.

Despite an all-day rain that continued through the game, the turf was not a factor in the outcome.

"We didn't drive the ball, nobody could execute their stickwork," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.

"I don't know what causes that. It's mental. We thought we had them fired up. South River is a good team and they deserved to win."

South River's junior goalie Kristen Cousin was spectacular with 12 saves. Severna Park outshot South River, 14-5, but failed to finish particularly on a series of corner chances where they held a 13-9 advantage.

Cousin and the trio of seniors Raina Edelstein and Jackie Colacicco, and sophomore Bryana Keenan held their ground on a series of corner shots by the Falcons in the final minutes of regulation.

At least four reaction blocks by Cousin thwarted the Falcons' late barrage.

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