No. 12 Perry Hall hadn't seen anything like the kind of offense generated by No. 4 Severna Park yesterday.
The Falcons broke loose for seven goals in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 19-9 victory over Perry Hall in the state Class 4A/3A girls lacrosse championship at Catonsville Community College.
The Falcons (15-1) have won six straight postseason titles, including all three Class 4A/3A titles since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sanctioned a true state championship in 1990. Before that, they won three consecutive Class 4A state/regional titles.
This year's playoffs have been a showcase for the Falcons' high-powered offense. In their four regional and state playoff victories, the Falcons have scored 62 goals with a balanced attack.
Eight Falcons scored against Perry Hall. Erin Wylde had four goals. Amy Carnaggio, Stephanie Roberts and Colleen Gately had three each.
By halftime, coach Carin Peterson's Falcons led 15-3, and had outshot the Gators, 27-13.
"Carin always told us to come out from the start and play our best. We were just hitting everything," said junior wing Amy Carnaggio.
Time after time, Severna Park's attack players drew two or three defenders and passed to the open player.
Perry Hall never adjusted. Coach Wendy Samuels said her Gators (12-2) didn't have the depth to keep up with Severna Park's full-field game.
"We haven't had to play a team that plays the whole team down on the attack end and at the defensive end," said Samuels. "It's hard to generate any offense when the whole attack is down on defense. We're a fast-breaking team, and you can't fast break when the whole team is down on defense."
Severna Park took the early lead on Wylde's goal from Nicki Cecere, and five players scored in the 7-0 run. Karen Bradley scored two goals for Perry Hall to pull within five, but that was as close as the Gators could get.
The Gators came back a little in the second half by controlling the first three draws. But goals by Shelly Zajdel and Kerri Johnson only cut the Falcons' lead to 10.
"We have a really, really fast team," said Peterson. "When you have speed in pretty much all places and you have some good defensive players, it's hard to beat that."