Severna Park rolls Catonsville, claims fifth straight state boys lacrosse championship; Evans has record night (VIDEO HERE!)




by Derek Toney

Severna Park High boys lacrosse team received new gold helmets Friday, just in time for Saturday’s Class 4A state final. The headwear glistened as the Falcons came on the field for pregame warmups.

Severna Park complimented the fresh look with a dominating effort. The Falcons defeated Catonsville, 11-3, at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

Senior attack Charlie Evans scored seven goals for Severna Park (13-0 overall), and Connor Koistinen added two goals and two assists. Naval Academy-bound faceoff specialist won 14 of 15 at the “X.”

It’s one for the thumb for the Anne Arundel County powerhouse which claimed its fifth consecutive title in the largest classification in state public lacrosse (won last three 4A titles and won 4A/3A in 2017 and 2016). The Falcons are tied with Hereford (won 2A title Saturday) for most state titles with 10.

A season of uncertainty for Severna Park concluded with another trophy celebration.

“That just comes down to the tradition Severna Park lacrosse has,” Falcons senior longstick Rory Sullivan said. “We knew coming into this year we lost a lot of key players.”

Dave Earl, who guided the Falcons to the previous four titles, stepped away from the sidelines. Defensive coordinator Travis Loving moved into the lead coach role.

It was another perfect ending for Severna Park seniors Kyle Griffith (left), Kurt Klaus, Charlie Evans, Rory Sullivan and Colin Shadowens. The Falcons won their fifth straight state title with an 11-3 rout of Catonsville in the Class 4A final at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

In its debut, Severna Park trailed by three goals early at Broadneck before coming back to win. There was thought that 2021 Falcons season, which was shortened in the regular season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, would bring Severna Park back to its Anne Arundel and 4A state rivals.

It didn’t.

“Every year, we get a good group of guys…we only had a couple of seniors graduated last year,” said Shadowens. “We got younger guys to step up and fill the role.”

“We knew this year there were going to be players that had never played a varsity game that were going to have to step up, and every day in practice they just came ready to work and you saw it tonight,” Sullivan said.

On the final evening of the first state postseason in more than a year, Severna Park put on a dazzling spectacle in North Baltimore. The Falcons scored the game’s first 10 goals with Evans accounting for a half-dozen in the first 28 minutes.

His final tally, with 6 minutes, 37 seconds left in regulation, set a new 4A single-game mark.

Evans, who will play for Lynchburg next spring, pointed to his teammates.

“You know, it was a team effort tonight and all these guys came prepared,” said Evans. “A lot of my teammates — I think most of my goals were assisted — so I was just getting open and everybody was finding me.”

While Evans paced the offense, Severna Park’s defense, relying on a 10-man ride, overwhelmed Catonsville. The Comets didn’t record their first tally until 11.9 seconds left in the third quarter.

Tyler Mikalski, Eric Kaplan and Johnny Bolster scored for Catonsville (11-1), playing in its first state final since 1996.

In that span, Severna Park has played in 14 state championship games. With a 11-1 lead in the fourth, the Falcons were on pace for the largest margin of victory in a 4A or 4A/3A final.

“They’re an awesome team. Their 10-man ride has given people fits all year…schemed for it, didn’t scheme it correctly,” said Catonsville coach KR Schultz. “They’re a heck of a team.”

Despite the score, Schultz was proud of his team. The Comets enjoyed an undefeated season – until Saturday – with an underclass-dominant roster.

“Those kids are incredible, they never argued with each other once, they never got down on themselves once,” said Schultz. “They’re a young confident bunch. They worked so hard.”

After getting past Montgomery County’s Sherwood in Wednesday’s semifinals, Loving said he wanted the Falcon players to “play for each other rather than playing not to disappoint the coaches.”

They didn’t disappoint Saturday.

“It’s the third time being here but I still can’t be more excited than I am now,” said Shadowens, one of nine senior starters. “I’m excited for the younger guys that never been here before. It’s an indescribable feeling.”