Annapolis defender Dean Samaras took it personally that most criticsconsidered Broadneck's defense better than that of his team.
So in the Panthers' 6-1 victory over host Broadneck Friday night, Samarasand his teammates took the Bruins to the lacrosse school of hard knocks. And stick checks. And body checks.
And afterward, Samaras stood in the middle of the Broadneck fieldas if he owned it.
"This was the game of the week according to most papers, and they said Broadneck has the better defense," said Samaras. "But you can see by the 6-1 score who has the best defense in the county."
The Panthers (6-2 overall, 6-0 against the county 4A league) dominated the game and out-shot the Bruins, 38-16.
The Bruins' only goal was scored by Bruce Shaw with an extra-man advantage penalty in the third quarter. But the Panthers did all the damage -- physically and mentally -- in the first half, while building a 5-0 halftime lead.
"I guess they just didn't have a good game, and we did,"said Dan Flynn, who scored three goals and had one assist. Flynn dished the ball to teammate Jon Songey in the third quarter for the Panthers' final tally.
"Our goal was to come out and jump on them quickly, and that's what we did," Flynn said.
"They never let up," said Broadneck coach Clay White, whose Bruins are 4-3 overall and 3-1 against the county 4A. "I don't know if it was because of Annapolis' pressure defense or what, but we had plenty of extra-man opportunities and we could only score on one."
Annapolis took a 2-0 first quarter lead on behind-the-goal maneuvers by Flynn -- the second coming with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left in the period when Christian Boone (10 goals, 17 assists) found him with a 25-yard pass to the right of keeper Sam Peterson (10 saves).
In that period, the Annapolis defense of Samaras, Brendan Bellotte, Chad Clay and midfielders Frank Jones and Ryan Hurt survived four extra-man penalties.
Broadneck couldn't even score when Annapolis keeper Chris Stauder (five saves) left the goal unprotected for about 15 seconds, going upfield for a shot in the last minute. The Panthers were a man down at that point.
Pat Flynn, Dan's old brother, scored the Panthers' third goal just 1:30 intoa second quarter in which the Panthers out-shot the Bruins, 11-0, for the first six minutes and 15-2 overall.
Unlike the Bruins, the Panthers pounced on their man-up opportunities.
The Bruins -- who were penalized three times in the second period -- were at a two-man disadvantage when Dan Flynn scored his third goal with 5:16 left in the half. They were one-man down with 45 seconds left in the half when Hurt scored his eighth goal of the season.
Annapolis' evenly spread attack posed a defensive dilemma for the Bruins, who -- despite theloss -- still have one of the county's stingiest defenses.
But, as Annapolis coach Dan Hart said afterward, "It started on the defensive end on the first play when we had a real big hit, and it got everybody up.
"People have said that our defense is a little bit suspect, but that's an insult and they played tremendous tonight."
In an earlier game, Krissy Borradaile scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds left in the second three-minute overtime period, as theBroadneck girls lacrosse team defeated Annapolis, 16-15. The game was tied three times in regulation, and Broadneck had an 8-7 halftime lead.
Karen Chesley and Becca Fink (each with four goals), Devere Keen (three) and Michelle Meyer and Melissa Montalto (each with two) led the Bruins.
Lisa Jordan (six goals, one assist), Cara Garton (four goals), Renee Williams and Cory Harmon (each with two goals) and Kirsten Chiari (one) scored for Annapolis.