St. Mary's has been having a bad week. The Severna Park defense made it a whole lot worse.
No. 2 Severna Park's swarming defense shut down the St. Mary's attack, blanking the No. 7 Saints for nearly 35 minutes and letting the host Falcons score 10 straight goals en route to a surprisingly easy 14-4 victory last night.
St. Mary's (7-4) has lost three games this week, falling also to No. 4 McDonogh and St. Paul's during that stretch. The Saints still face No. 11 Dulaney tomorrow and will have to rebound from a shaky effort last night. The score was tied at 2-2 before Severna Park (8-0) shut them out for 34 minutes, 39 seconds.
"They were phenomenal," Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said about her defense. "We knew they had three [good scorers], but they were going to have to beat us with their other girls."
The Falcons targeted Joanna Dalton, Caroline Cochran and Julie Schindel, double-teaming them at every opportunity. They were held to a combined three points as the Saints could do little close to the net.
Severna Park's Lelan Bailey helped keep Cochran scoreless. Bailey said her team's ability to work together on defense proved crucial.
"Defensively, it's all about the team," Bailey said. "It's all about working as one." Dalton scored St. Mary's first goal, and Schindel got two later, but the game was long decided by then.
"I think that we sort of folded like a deck of cards," said St. Mary's coach Sue Chittim. "We've just fallen a little flat ... but there's a lot of talent on this team."
Severna Park used balance on offense to take command. Allison Behringer had three goals and one assist while Julie Gardner added two goals and two assists. The others scorers were: Kathleen Barranco (two goals, one assist), Kendall Pittinger (two goals), Jaci Gassaway (two goals), Hayley Rausch (one goal, two assists), Sam Farrell (one goal, one assist) and Anna Patterson (one goal).
St. Mary's goalie Natalie Wills made 10 saves and kept the margin from being worse. Severna Park scored seven straight goals in 13 minutes for a 9-2 halftime lead and got the first three of the second half before Schindel's two goals.