Severna Park boys knock out No. 10 Broadneck for four-peat in Anne Arundel lacrosse; South River girls hand No. 2 Severna Park first setback (VIDEO HERE!)
SEVERNA PARK FALCONS
2019 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONS
by Nelson Coffin
Severna Park’s bid to sweep the Anne Arundel County boys and girls lacrosse championships was looking pretty good after the No. 9 Falcon boys withstood a late rally by 10th-ranked Broadneck in the opener of the double-header to top the Bruins, 12-9.
And with the No. 2 Severna Park girls coming off decisive a 15-5 thumping of South River just five days earlier, the rematch in the nightcap seemed almost like a sure thing against seventh-ranked South River.
That is, until the Seahawks showed up ready for redemption and proved as much by topping the Falcons, 9-6, while handing them their first loss of the season.
A 4-0 run, ignited by junior midfielder Joseph Killpatrick’s downhill drive down the right alley, put the Falcons (14-1) ahead for good in the boys’ game, snapping a 3-3 deadlock.
“He always shoots low and away,” Earl said with a smile while describing Killpatrick’s goal. “And he stuck that one high. That was big.”
Junior attackman Michael Harmeyer contributed a pair of goals during the spree — and led all scorers with five goals — while junior midfielder Connor Panebianco had the other tally for coach Dave Earl’s squad.
Until the fourth quarter, Severna Park stayed ahead by at least three goals except when Broadneck junior attackman Bubba Bowen shaved the lead to 7-5 with his first goal early in the third quarter.
Later in the period and trailing, 9-5, the Bruins (12-2) rattled off consecutive goals by Brendan Kennedy and Bowen to halve the advantage before Severna Park sophomore FOGO Colin Shadowens scored off a face-off to make it 10-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
However, back-to-back goals by Bruin junior attackman Brendan Kennedy cut the lead to one four minutes later.
“I though we were right there,” said Broadneck coach Clay White. “I thought we’d go into OT and win it. But we just didn’t do enough of a good job of taking away their strengths.”
White should know about winning, considering the Severna Park alumnus has done it more than 450 times, including five state titles, in a 33-year coaching career that is ending after the upcoming playoffs.
Falcon senior attackman James Maher closed out his banner day — he also had six assists — by scoring his second goal of the game before Harmeyer tallied his final goal to provide the final margin.
“I wasn’t really nervous (when Broadneck crept that close),” Earl said. “I knew if we ran something well, we’d get some good looks.”
In addition to his goal, Shadowens grabbed 16-of-24 face-offs for the Falcons.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
(AT GLEN BURNIE HIGH SCHOOL)
NO. 9 SEVERNA PARK 12, NO. 10 BROADNECK 9
Broadneck 2 2 2 3 — 9
Severna Park 3 4 2 3 — 12
Goals: B- Casey DomanskI 3, Brendan Kennedy 2, Bubba Bowen 2, Parker Griffey, Vinny Facciponti, SP-Michael Harmeyer 5, Connor Panebianco 2, James Maher 2, Colin Shadowens, Kyle Griffith, Joseph Killpatrick.
Assists: B-Keegan Houser 3, Bubba Bowen, Brendan Kennedy 3; SP-James Maher 6, Connor Panebianco.
Saves: B-Ben McGrady 9; SP-Casey Fox 6.
SOUTH RIVER SEAHAWKS
2019 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONS
In the girls game, although face-offs are called draws, they are still very important — and the Falcons (14-1) had a much more difficult time of securing them than they did last week.
In fact, everything just seemed much more difficult against the inspired Seahawks (12-3), who fell behind only once while claiming their second consecutive county crown by defeating Severna Park.
“That (earlier) loss was a motivation for what we needed to do,” South River coach Caroline Cochran said. “We knew if we came out like we did last week that we were going to lose. We were focused and brought more intensity.”
Cochran said that she relied on captains Kelsey Winters, Morgan Carter, Kathleen Sullivan and Madeline Lenkert to get the team ready for the rematch.
Sullivan opened the scoring in the first minute before Severna Park standout Hunter Chadwick notched her only goal of the game.
Senior attacker Maddy Brady gave the the Falcons a 2-1 advantage that was snowed under after the Seahawks pumped in five straight goals, two each by Carter and Sullivan and one by Winters to take control at 6-2 with just over 11 minutes to go in the opening period.
Interspersed in the barrage was a key save by South River junior goalie Jordan Vincent on a point-blank shot by Brady.
The Seahawks took an 8-5 lead into halftime and then played a solid sliding defense and keep-away offense in a low-scoring second half to nab the win.
Severna Park coach Kaitlyn Hines said that she could tell fairly early in the game that her team was in trouble.
“It was a big game,” she said. “And there was a lot of pressure. We’re not used to being behind, and then we crumbled a little bit. But it will be good to see what happens when you face adversity, and we need to reset and go forward.”
Other keys to the win were Lenkert’s draws, junior Caitlyn McGuirk’s presence in the back and junior Kaylee Mia Geist’s ability to single-handedly clear the ball when it was needed.
“If we get too that point where we could meet them again (in the playoffs), it’s good that we’ll be 1-1 against them,” Carter said. “That last game was certainly nothing to be proud of.”
But it was, in Sullivan’s words a “wakeup call” that the Seahawks answered.
“It was a slap in the face,” the Army West Point commit said. “So we needed to refocus.”
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
(AT GLEN BURNIE HIGH SCHOOL)
NO. 7 SOUTH RIVER 9, NO. 2 SEVERNA PARK 6
South River 8 1 — 9
Severna Park 5 1 — 6
Goals: SR-Kathleen Sullivan 3, Morgan Carter 3, Kelsey Winters 2, Tommi Bresnehan; SP-Alex Miller 3, Maddy Brady, Julia Putzi, Hunter Chadwick.
Assists: SR-Kelsey Winters, Alexis Grant; SP-Haley Betch.
Saves: SR-Jordan Vincent 7; SP-Delaney Ott 4.