Maryland Scholastic Association rivals used senior sweeper Milford Marchant to shut out All-County forward Pat Mohr, who had 19 goals andthree assists last season.
"The whole team did a heckuva job defensively," said first-year coach Rick Lenfest, whose Admirals (1-1) play host to Harford County's John Carroll Wednesday. "But we knew Mohrwas their go-to guy, so I stuck Marchant on him."
With Mohr in shackles -- Marchant and teammate T. D. Albright sometimes double-teamed him -- the battle was half over.
"They stuck their fastest guy on me and always had another guy in back of me," said Mohr.
The Admirals contained the Cavaliers' first-half offense of Mohr, striker Javi Rivera and midfielders Tom Reilly and Micky Wist, often chipping their crossing passes out of bounds and forcing throw-ins.
But Severn was down, 2-0, just over two minutes before halftime when junior striker Rex Vogan caught the Cavaliers' defense napping.
He spun free of two defenders just beyond midfield and punched a low sizzler that bounced in off of the right post.
Keeper Chris Badaczewski's stretch to his right was far too late and the Admirals had the momentum they needed for a comeback.
"Rex has the hardest shot on the team, that's exactly what we needed," said junior midfielder Chris Accinelli, who tied the game at 2-2 five minutes into the second period and assisted on Adam Williams' game-winner midway through the period.
"Once that happened, the whole team started talking. We just needed a break."
Freshman keeper Brian Zaks recovered to make seven of his 10 saves in the second period, including a head-first dive 5 yards from the goal against a sliding offender.
"He'sgot maturity beyond his years," said Lenfest.
"It's in his blood,and we expect great things from him."
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead with just under 11 minutes gone in the game. Wist stormed through the Admirals' defense and beat a group of defenders to a long ball atthe top of penalty area and blasted a low shot past Zaks' right sideinto the net's lower corner.
But the Cavaliers, who had a 7-2 shot advantage and a 5-0 lead in first-half corner kicks, then missed onthree consecutive shots.
Severn's Todd Fletcher cleared a ball off the goal line, and Zaks reacted instantly to grab Tom Reilly's hardheader from 8 yards away. Reilly's next header was high over the crossbar.
Mohr did find Rivera charging into the box toward the left post with just over 25 minutes gone. Rivera pierced a cluster of defensemen and touched a low shot past Zaks -- who guessed correctly in diving to his right but couldn't stop the hard shot.
The Cavaliers of Division II finished with a 9-5-3 record last year, the season ending in a first-round playoff game against Division I's McDonogh whereSpalding lost, 1-0, in a penalty shootout.
"We came into this season thinking we were going to be a real dominant team," Mohr said. "But I think we're going to have to stop relying on our fast breaks andget back to the basics."
Severn (1-1) of Division I was coming off of Wednesday's 2-0 setback against St. Mary's -- a team the Cavaliers meet Friday.