No. 2 Severna Park girls lacrosse romps past South River; Chadwick, Betch and Putzi combine for 11 goals
Hunter Chadwick had a big game for Severna Park girls lacrosse Tuesday. The Northwestern University recruit finished with five goals and an assist as the second-ranked Falcons routed No. 7 South River in a preview of Monday’s Anne Arundel County title match.
by Nelson Coffin
While both teams donned t-shirts and walked hand-in-hand across the field to show support for the One Love Foundation following an Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse showdown between Severna Park High and South River, there was less harmony in the game from a competitive perspective.
The host and second-ranked Falcons dominated play in a 15-5 triumph on a day when field hockey legend Lil Shelton was honored at halftime for her many contributions to the fall stick sport, not the least of which were a whopping 20 state titles at the Robinson Road school.
The lax team played like a serious contender to earn a Class 4A state crown, picking up a 13th consecutive win (7-0 Anne Arundel) this spring while avenging double defeats to South River (10-3, 6-1 Anne Arundel) a year ago. The Falcons can gain more redemption on Monday when they face the Seahawks for the county championship.
Severna Park was inspired Tuesday against its rival, beaing them to ground balls, shot with pin-point accuracy and played nasty defense in front of senior goalie Delaney Ott (14 saves) while building an 8-3 halftime advantage and pressing just as hard in the second half to earn two 10-goal leads that initiated a running clock on both occasions.
Severna Park coach Kaitlyn Hines, who won two state field hockey banners playing for Shelton, said that senior low defenders Rachel Spilker, Kate Bray, Hailey Blachley and junior Sophie Grazioli team with midfielders Hunter Chadwick, Theresa Bragg and Alex Miller to maintain order in the defensive sector.
Meanwhile, Chadwick is also a whirling dervish on the draw and can score with the best of them, as shown by her five-goal, one-assist performance against the Seahawks.
“We work a lot on transition,” the Northwestern University commit said. “It’s most important for us to get the draw — and make it count (by scoring).”
Chadwick had help in the scoring department with junior Julia Putzi and her sophomore attackmate Haley Betch producing three goals apiece. Putzi added a pair of assists to the cause.
Still, Chadwick is the the Falcons’ do-it-all standout.
“We rely on her to do so many things across the board,” Hines said. “She’s just relentless.”
She also said that playing for Shelton was an “awesome” experience.
“I just hope I can live up to her legacy,” added Hines, who replaced her aunt and another coaching legend Carin Peterson in 2015. “It was great having her as such a role model.”
As for playing South River again, Hines said that the Falcons are used to playing either the Seahawks or Broadneck a couple of times each spring, depending on each team’s success.
South River expects to put up a better fight in the rematch Monday.
“We didn’t play our best game,” South River coach Caroline Cochran said. “We didn’t play South River lacrosse. We missed some early shots and they came out really intense.”
Cochran said that her team cannot expend much energy focusing on South River. The Falcons play at Old Mill Friday afternoon.
“We have to focus on ourselves, and what we have to do and what we believe we can do.” she said.
NO. 2 SEVERNA PARK 15, NO. 7 SOUTH RIVER 5
Goals: SR-Kathleen Sullivan, Alexandra Brown, Madeline Lenkart, Morgan Carter, Alexis Grant; SP-Hunter Chadwick 5, Julia Putzi 3, Haley Betch 3, Maddy Brady 2, Alex Miller, Brooke Atcheson.
Assists: SR-Kathleen Sullivan, Morgan Carter; SP-Julia Putzi 2, Alex Miller 2, Hunter Chadwick, Theresa Bragg, Maddy Brady, Hailey Blachley.
Saves: SR-Jordan Vincent N/A; SP-Delaney Ott 14.
South River 3 2 — 5
Severna Park 8 7 — 15