Body language is an incredible indicator of emotion and attitude and is said to encompass 95 percent of our communication skills. But sometimes it can be deceiving. Or can it?
Watching Severna Park head coach Carin Peterson during the game gave the impression that her team was losing by nine goals instead of winning by that margin; as the host Falcons defeated Annapolis 16-7 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Not happy with her team’s foot movement, Peterson could be heard repetitively yelling, “move your feet,” throughout the first half.
“From the defensive end to the offensive end to the transition they need to pay attention to what we are asking them to do,” said Peterson.
It looked at times like the Falcons were playing with no emotion and one of the Severna Park assistants could be heard saying they were, ‘doing too much standing and watching.’
“You want to keep them moving, you want to make sure they’re playing smart,” added Peterson. “Some of the decisions we made weren’t smart, but again Annapolis played a part in those poor decisions. They played great on the defensive end.”
Coming off an 11-8 victory over defending 4A/3A state champion South River on Saturday, Peterson insisted her team was focused on Annapolis. And from the opening face-off it seemed that was the case.
Only 40 seconds into the game, sophomore Morgan Torggler (two goals) found the back of the net off her own missed shot rebound to claim the 1-0 lead.
Torggler’s goal was shortly followed by goals from senior Madison Thomas (two goals) and just 16 later by sophomore Ryan Bathras (one goal) to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead.
Annapolis though would score the next two goals from sophomore Madeline Dion and senior Lorianne Hoover to make the score 3-2. That’s as close as the Panthers would get.
“We knew we couldn’t come in soft against Annapolis,” said Peterson. “Against a team like Annapolis, if you play soft they’re going to beat you.”
It was then that senior Elizabeth Barranco got going, scoring two of her five goals within 30 seconds to push the Falcon advantage to 5-2.
Troggler and Thomas scored again before two scores by Annapolis were followed by goals from senior Kendyl Garnder (four goals) and junior Ally Adams (one goal) to give the Falcons a 9-4 half-time lead.
Dion scored for the Panthers to open the second half to make the tally 9-5, but two scores from Gardner, three from Barranco and one by senior Rachel Mia (one goal) put the game away for good. Gardner added a final goal with only 32 seconds remaining.
“Some of our ball movement on the offensive end in the second half was much nicer,” said Peterson. “We got a couple nice three second calls and shots as a result of that movement and that’s what we are asking them to do.”
When Peterson was asked if she wanted more from her player’s next time out; “I want it all.” That’s not good news for their next opponent.
It's A Home Win For Boys Lacrosse
Junior attack John Galdi led the Falcon boys team with four goals in a home win against Annapolis, 10-3. Senior midfielder Avery Littlejohn added three goals with one assist for the 2-0 and two-time defending 4A/3A state champions. Seniors Erik Schuh and Tripp Fulton and junior Nate Neal each had one goal to complete the Falcon scoring. Sophomore Dylan Pasiuk had 12 saves in net against the Panthers.