Loch Raven girls soccer wins on Senior Night as the school honors alum and fallen officer Amy Sorrells Caprio (VIDEO HERE!)
by Nelson Coffin
On a night when a double-barrel emotions could have overtaken the Loch Raven girls soccer team, the Raiders instead kept their composure while beating Parkville, 4-1.
An overflow crowd and a slew of media were on hand Wednesday evening to witness a long halftime ceremony honoring the memory of slain Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio, a former Loch Raven soccer goalie and now a community hero.
It was also Senior Night, and anyone who can recall their high school playing days knows what feelings that celebration can, and often does, engender.
Still, as stated above, the Raiders kept their cool by getting off to a hot start, scoring all of their goals in the first 28 minutes and cruising to a 4-1 triumph to even their overall record at 6-6-1.
Senior midfielder Elyssa Nowowieski scored first on a feed from senior striker Celina Baranoski. Senior striker Rebecca Lane notched the next two goals, both assisted by Nowowieski, before senior striker Savannah Sherman closed out the run with an unassisted goal.
From their perspective, it was good to have a four-goal bulge going into the intermission that featured a wide circle of Loch Raven athletes surrounding the event that was also a fundraiser for the Fallen Officers Fund.
Caprio’s parents, Garry and Debbie Sorrells flanked her husband, Tim, and several friends from high school, including three fellow law enforcement officers, Master Deputy William Barget (Carroll County PD), Police Officer 1st Class Elijah Moore (Anne Arundel County PD) and Detective Danny O’Shea (Baltimore County PD), were there as well.
Barget, Moore and O’Shea presented a plaque to the school, which was represented by Loch Raven athletic director Mike McEwan and school principal Janine Holmes.
Framed replica versions of Amy Caprio’s No. 24 Loch Raven jersey were presented to the Sorrells and Tim Caprio while a third framed jersey will be displayed in the school.
“I’m happy that they did it,” said Garry Sorrells about the ceremony. “And it was nice to get back to the school and see people here.”
Moore said that the Amy Caprio he knew in high school had many fine qualities.
“She was an outstanding student, a great athlete and a beautiful person,” he said.
Loch Raven coach Anthony Menegatti was struck by how well the event came together.
“I thought both schools did an incredible job,” he said. “And it was just a tremendous showing of support for Amy, including by the Parkville people. It has been a tough time for the community, because we lost a great young lady.”
The Senior Night aspect of the event was not lost on Baranoski.
“It’s really, really hard to play together all these years and then we go our separate ways,” she said. “It’s very emotional.”
Fortunately for her, she will also have two more similar events because she is also a member of the track and lacrosse teams.
The Knights gave a much better account of themselves later in the match by shutting out the Raiders over the final 52 minutes with junior goalie JaCinda Griffin keying the defense while making several point-blank stops among her game-high 14 saves.
Sophomore midfielder Malin Johnson, on an assist from senior defender Savanna Jackson, finally lit up the scoreboard for Parkville in the 78th minute.
Amy Caprio’s death “obviously had a significant impact on the community,” Parkville coach Emily Wolf said, noting that Caprio was assigned to the Parkville Precinct when she was slain. “It really hit close to home.”
Pictured above: Tim Caprio, a Parkville High alum, stands between his in-laws, Garry and Debbie Sorrells, who were on hand to honor the memory of Caprio’s wife and the Sorrells’ daughter, Amy Sorrells Caprio. From the left, Raider players, Morgan Watkeys, Zoe Grau, Elyssa Nowowieski, Bianca Cellitto, Savannah Scott, Rebecca Lane, Ny’Asia Burley, Kira Fallen, Celina Baranoski and Kendall Broglio are to the right of Loch Raven athletic director Mike McEwan. Caprio and the Sorrells each received special replica No. 24 Loch Raven jerseys similar to what Sorrells Caprio wore when she played for the Raiders.
AMY CAPRIO MEMORIAL SOCCER GAME
LOCH RAVEN ALUMNI STADIUM
LOCH RAVEN 4, PARKVILLE 1
P 0 1 — 1
LR 4 0 — 4
Goals: P-Malin Johnson; LR-Rebecca Lane 2, Elyssa Nowowieski, Savannah Sherman.
Assists: P-Savanna Jackson; LR-Elyssa Nowowieski 2, Celina Baranoski.
Saves: P-JaCinda Griffin 14; Grace Shamer 3.