Hartmeyer’s OT goal gives No. 1o Severna Park third straight boys’ lacrosse state championship (VIDEO HERE!)
Man of the Hour: Michael Harmeyer (7) was the hero for Severna Park boys lacrosse Wednesday evening. The sophomore midfielder’s goal with 2 minutes, 38 seconds left in overtime lifted the No. 10 Falcons to an 8-7 victory over Montgomery County’s Winston Churchill in the Class 4A state title game at Stevenson University.
by Nelson Coffin
Maybe there is something in the waters of the Magothy and Severn rivers that imbue Severna Park High’s boys lacrosse players with a magic touch.
Or at least Winston Churchill players might believe that to be the case after falling to the No. 10 Falcons, 8-7, in the Class 4A state title game at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium Wednesday evening.
Last spring, then-junior attackman Jack Thomas broke the Bulldogs’ hearts with a gut-punching goal with three seconds left in regulation to lift Severna Park to a 7-6 triumph in the 4A/3A finale.
This time, it was Falcon sophomore attackman Michael Harmeyer’s turn to deliver the lethal blow when he scored his third goal of the game with two minutes, 38 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Anne Arundel County school (17-2 overall) its eighth state crown and first three-peat.
“I was subbing into the box,” Harmeyer said. “And I had a shorty on me. I got an extra step on my man and just stuck it. I didn’t have much of an angle, and I brought my stick around the goal and shot low.”
Winston Churchill junior goalie Michael Robinson didn’t have much of a chance to dent Harmeyer.
“He made a good move down the alley,” Robinson said. “He placed it well and went to the far pipe.”
The teams traded dominating positions, with the Falcons bolting to a 3-0 advantage in the first quarter on two goals by Harmeyer and one by senior midfielder Chase Cope before a two-minute, full-serve cross-checking penalty allowed the Bulldogs to strike back with two extra-man goals by junior attackman Ryan Shure and senior attackman Brady Altobello.
They eventually tied the score and then jumped ahead, 4-3, on two more scores by Altobello, who led all scorers with four goals and an assist.
Senior midfielder Avery Slomnicki closed out the 5-0 run with less than two minutes left in the opening half for the Bulldogs (16-1).
Senior attackman Hans Hansen answered for the Falcons late in the third quarter to snap a 24-minute scoring drought, although Altobello restored the two-goal spread less than a minute later.
However, Severna Park drew even on goals by senior middle Dean Draughn and Thomas to enter the final frame tied, 6-6.
After senior attackman Ryan Leonard and Cope traded goals to deadlock the score once more, the game went to OT with Harmeyer taking center stage.
“Every time you have a shorty on you, you have the green light,” Severna Park coach Dave Earl said. “It was a smart play.”
The Bulldogs, hoping to be the first Montgomery County team to win a state title, were dejected after the setback. Churchill lost to Howard in the 4A/3A finale in 2015.
“It feels just like you would it expect it to — awful,” said Churchill senior longstick Jimmy Rubino, who held Maryland-bound senior midfielder Josh Coffman to a pair of assists.
“We had our opportunities, but we missed some shots that we have been making all year,” Churchill coach Jeff Fritz said. “But Severna Park did a nice job of being patient on offense.”
Earl talked about his team’s resiliency in glowing terms.
“To have the character to fight back like they did means a lot,” he said.
Junior goalie Shane Carr described Severna Park’s “magic” as part of its legacy.
“Even when we graduate a lot of kids like we did last year, our goals and attitude always stay the same,” he said. “We play for the guys who wore the uniform before us.”
CLASS 4A BOYS STATE LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
AT STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
NO. 10 SEVERNA PARK 8, WINSTON CHURCHILL 7
WC 2 3 1 1 0 — 7
SP 3 0 3 1 1 — 8
Goals: WC-Brady Altobello 4, Ryan Leonard, Ryan Shure, Avery Dlomnicki; SP-Michael Harmeyer 3, Chase Cope 2, Hans Hansen, Jack Thomas, Dean Draughn.
Assists: WC-Ryan Leonard 2, Brady Altobello, Ethan Gibson Ryan Shure; SP-Josh Coffman 2, Hans Hansen.