No. 2 Severna Park tops Dulaney for 4A state girls lacrosse championship; Miller records hat trick (VIDEO HERE!)

by Derek Toney

Sometimes, even in the biggest game of your season, you just want to dance.

As Severna Park High girls lacrosse team starters gathered before the start of the second half of Wednesday’s Class 4A state final, the song “Macarena” blasted over the public address system at Paint Branch.

Suddenly, Severna Park’s reserves began doing the steps to the popular line dance tune.

“The buzzer went off for half and I had this huge sigh of relief. I was like ‘oh my gosh, we’re just so tense right now,” said Falcons coach Kaitlyn Fuller. “I think seeing that was a way to relieve that stress, get back in control…enjoy the moment.”

About 45 minutes later, Severna Park hoisted another championship trophy. The second-ranked Falcons defeated No. 18 Dulaney, 10-5, in Montgomery County.

Senior midfielder Sam Miller recorded a hat trick for Severna Park (19-1 overall) and Hunter Chadwick added two goals and an assist. Rowan Burke tallied twice for Dulaney (11-7).

The Falcons led wire-to-wire, claiming their 14th state crown and first since 2015. The Anne Arundel County school now stands one behind Mount Hebron (15) for the most state girls lacrosse titles all-time.

The run for No. 14 started after a loss to South River in the Anne Arundel final a couple of weeks ago.

“I think that game really gave us a reality check,” said Chadwick, who will play for Northwestern. “It showed that we are beatable, and that if we work together as a team we will be unstoppable, but when we try to work individually, one girl can’t win the game for us.”

Seven players scored for Severna Park Wednesday with senior attack Maddie Brady finishing with a goal and an assist, and tallies from Brooke Acheson, Hailey Blackly, Cam Chew and Julia Putzi. Delaney Ott stopped nine shots in goal, including three in the opening two minutes.

The Falcons, listless in the opening half of their county final loss to South River, were engaged from the opening draw Wednesday. Severna Park led 4-0 after 10 minutes, and 6-1 after Miller’s goal with 8:34 left before halftime.

Dulaney sliced the margin in half, 6-3, courtesy of scores from Burke and Kate Bialczak. The Falcons got a free position strike from Miller with 57 seconds remaining for a 7-3 halftime margin.

A little talk, and a little dance later. Severna Park finished the job, adding another title to its burgeoning trophy case on Robinson Road.

“Being Severna Park, there’s always someone pushing us and everyone wants to play us. Making our alumni proud was a big thing. Seeing our fellow seniors in the stands was a big thing too.”

The Falcons defeated Dulaney, 20-6, at the South River Invitational last month. The Lions, in their third state final in four seasons, acquitted themselves well in the rematch Wednesday.

“I don’t think Severna Park ever felt comfortable and that was one of our goals,” said Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow. “To make sure that we were pushing the game and never be counted out.”

Korrow, who led the Baltimore County school to the 4A prize in 2016, was proud of what her young roster accomplished.

“I can tell you people didn’t expect us to get back here this season. I think some looked at it as a typical rebuilding year, but I made sure I never used that word with this season,” said Korrow. “Each year you have to build something new and, with this group, I knew if we set the bar high, I knew they would rise those expectations. This is one of my proudest coaching years.”

For many of Severna Park’s 11 seniors, Wednesday’s win erased the memory of the 2017 loss to Bel Air in the 4A final.

“We did what we set out to accomplish,” said Fuller. “At the beginning of the year, we said we were going to states, and not only are we going, we’re winning. And we did it.”