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Maryland Public girls’ championship: Severna Park wins 12th 4A/3A state title

Thursday, 22nd May 2014

Categories Girl's/Women's, High school  

By Derek Toney, Posted 5/22/14

Senior midfielder Sarah Childress had three goals and two assists and Laura Milleker added three goals and an assist as Severna Park routed Catonsville, 15-5, Wednesday in the Class 4A/3A Maryland Public title game at UMBC.

The Falcons (16-2) led wire-to-wire, claiming their third 4A/3A state crown in four seasons. Their 12 overall titles are only second to Mount Hebron (15) in state public tournament history.

Severna Park - 2014 4A-3A champions

Severna Park – 2014 4A-3A champions

Severna Park coach Carin Peterson, whose led the program to 14 state title games, couldn’t stop smiling during the post-game press conference.

“They followed the game plan to a T,” said Peterson. “On defense, they knew every play they were going to run. On the offense, it was key that they kept their feet moving. They really did a nice job of that.”

Freshman attack Sarah Elms, Eva Klaus and senior Kelsey Kirk also recorded hat tricks for Severna Park. Klaus, a sophomore midfielder, was dominant on the draws.

Their defense, featuring Lauren Duvall, Julianna Ricci, Jeanne Angeles and Sarah Gun, held Catonsville (10-8) to its lowest output of the season. Rachel Vander Kolk, a Virginia recruit, stopped eight shots in goal.

“We shut off their cuts to the middle that they were looking for,” said Vander Kolk, who wore a No. 15 decal on her helmet in memory of her sister and teammate, who died two years. “We knew what they were going to run and we were prepared.”

Catonsville, looking for its first state title since 1996, was without arguably their best player Brooke Stevens. Stevens, who will play for High Point next spring, tore her ACL in the Comets’ victory over Sherwood in the state semifinals Saturday.

UMBC recruit Lauren McDonald scored twice for Catonsville and junior Anderson Gill had a goal and an assist.

Down 5-1 in the first half, Catonsville gained some momentum with back-to-back scores, making it 5-3 and won the ensuing draw. The Comets hit the pipe on a free position and missed twice on rebound opportunities.

Severna Park got scores from Childress and Kraus in the closing 25 seconds for a 7-3 halftime advantage. The Falcons opened the second half with goals from Elms and Childress.

“That post was huge,” said Catonsville coach Becky Cassilly, whose team lost to Severna Park, 10-7, during the regular season. “We had a chance right there for a turning point, but we just couldn’t get there again. [Severna Park] is such a good team, they just capitalized on our mistakes.”

Severna Park 15, Catonsville 5

Goals: SP – Childress 4, Elms 3, Kirk 3, Klaus 3, Millker 2; C – McDonald 2, Spinnato, Gill, McTaggart.

SP – Childress 2, Milleker; C – Gill

Saves: SP – Vander Kolk 8; C – Cheuvront 6

Severna Park 7 8 – 15

Catonsville 3 2 – 5



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