SPSG and Maryvale will square off in Sunday’s field hockey championship

No. 18 St. Paul’s School for Girls Gators advanced to the IAAM B field hockey championship game, Wednesday, with a hard fought 3-1 win over the Severn Admirals, on the Gators’ home turf in Brooklandville.

The Gators got the on the board first at 20:34 mark of the first half when junior captain and center mid Leighton Eber launched a hard shot on a corner play that deflected off Severn’s goalie and senior captain Haley Jennings knocked in the rebound for the 1-0 lead. SPSG kept the pressure up and three minutes later earned their fourth corner. Junior Kelsey Jones took a behind the back pass from Eber and hit a hard shot on a set corner play that Severn’s goalie stopped, however, Jennings was there again to drive in the rebound at the 17:43 mark to put the Gators up 2-0.

Severn came out and dominated early play in the second half as the Gators had trouble clearing the ball. Severn earned eight corners in a row during a four-minute span. St. Paul’s junior goalie Carson Stephenson and the defense led by sophomore Maggie Norton, senior caption Grace Boyce and sophomore Liz Kennedy were able to keep the Admirals out of the cage. Severn broke through at the 21:02 mark in the second half and, on their 14th corner of the game, as March Vain-Callahan scored to close the gap to 2-1.

For the next 20 minutes the game went back and forth. SPSG gained some momentum at the five-minute mark and was able to pressure Severn’s defense. Norton made a nice tackle at mid-field, carried the ball up the right side and crossed the ball into the circle. Junior Kerrigan Rogers was able to collect it just inside the circle and crushed a shot to the back of the cage to give the Gators a 3-1 lead and put the game out of reach with one minute left.

SPSG will face Maryvale in the B Conference finals on Sunday at 2:00pm at Stevenson University. Maryvale defeated Mount De Sales in the other semifinal 3-1, also on Wednesday.