St. Paul's top-ranked field hockey team made the most of its time spent in the scoring are yesterday afternoon at Severn.
Both efficient and explosive, the Gators simply overwhelmed the No. 15 Admirals with three goals in a three-minute span late in the first half that led to a comfortable 6-3 win.
Just after the Admirals (5-1-1) answered an early St. Paul's goal and began to settle in, the Gators (7-0) put the game away-just like that.
Sarah Sloan (two goals) cleanly one-timed a shot from the left side with 6:21 left in the half and then Claire Edelen came right back with consecutive goals to make it 4-1 at the half.
Molly Ahearn got the scoring started for the Gators just 1:13 into play and Elaine Belitsos also had a second-half goal.
"They're just a hungry team and know what they're supposed to do in the circle. And it's a number of kids who have shown they can step up and score," said St. Paul's coach Heather O'Neill.
The Gators were coming off an 11-day layoff, but they didn't show it early with Ahearn redirecting a shot just 1:13 into play for an early 1-0 lead.
Not rattled, the Admirals were able to stay on even terms for the first, part of the first half and found the equalizer when Sara Carpenter scored in front with 13:15 left.
Then things unraveled with the Gators clearly picking up the pace, passing crisply in close and then showing a knack for finishing.
"They're a great team. They're offense is very strong and very fast," said Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulis. "If you let down against them for two minutes, they can score three goals and that's what happened. We just had a lack of concentration, the dam broke and they capitalized."
After a season-opening loss to Severna Park, the Admirals had a 5-0-1 stretch going into yesterday's loss. Sotiropoulis said there were some positives "picked out of the rubble" with a no-quit second half that saw late goals from Ashley Dodson and Tarn Bourdelaise.