Annapolis scores 11 straight, blows past Severna Park, 13-4 Meneely, Brianas lead charge for No. 10 Panthers

April 24, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Annapolis struggled early last night against visiting Severna Park. The Panthers watched the Falcons dominate the last half of the first period and take a two-goal lead.

But scoring 11 straight goals took care of that problem.

Tucker Meneely scored four goals and Jon Brianas added three to help No. 10 Annapolis register the final 11 goals of the game and post a 13-4 victory over No. 13 Severna Park.

Severna Park (8-2, 7-1) was in control early. The Falcons got two goals from Mickey O'Connor, plus one apiece from Darrin McCalister and Charles Robinson for a 4-2 lead after one.

The Falcons dominated play in the final five minutes of the quarter. They got consecutive goals from McCalister, O'Connor and Robinson for the two-goal lead after one period.

Annapolis coach Dan Hart did not like what he saw during that stretch -- and made sure his team knew it.

"The last five minutes of the first quarter, we sat back on our heels," said Hart. "They were taking the game to us, [but] those five minutes were like a wake-up call."

Annapolis (9-2, 9-0) slowly took over after that. Brianas cut the lead to one with his goal one minute into the period. He tied it with 2: 29 left in the half with an assist from Brian McNew (two goals, three assists).

McNew then fed Craig Rentch for the go-ahead goal with 1: 37 left. Pete Ludlam made it 6-4 -- with an assist from Rentch -- with four seconds remaining in the half.

"We picked up our whole game," said Brianas. "We just got our heads into it."

The Panthers got even more into it in the third quarter. Severna Park tried to attack early, but Annapolis slowly took control.

Brad Downer scored his only goal 28 seconds into the half from in front. Annapolis then stretched the lead to 10-4 when it scored three goals in 91 seconds.

McNew started the roll when he whipped a behind-the-back shot in with 3: 39 left. Brianas then blew by a defender and scored on a 10-yard shot 12 seconds later. McNew then made a perfect feed to Meneely on the edge of the crease for his third goal at 2: 08.

Meneely wasn't done. With 7: 17 left in the game, he came from behind the cage and flipped a shot past Severna Park's second-half goalie, Pat Tewes, for an 11-4 lead. The junior added his final goal of the night with 3: 03 left before Mike Elton finished the scoring for Annapolis.

"We just started to play Annapolis lacrosse," said Meneely. "We hustled, we played really aggressively."

Annapolis goalie Tobin Poole (four saves) improved his career record to 44-5.

For Falcons coach Greg Manley, this game offered little mystery.

"We just got outhustled and outplayed in the second, third and fourth quarter," said Manley.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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