Broadneck rises to playoff occasion Edges Severna Park, 7-5, to oust county champions

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May 10, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Call it the curse of the county championship.

For the second year in a row, the Anne Arundel County regular-season champion was ousted in the Class 4A-3A East Region playoffs by a team it had previously beaten.

Last night at George Roberts Field, defending state champion Broadneck eliminated neighborhood rival Severna Park, 7-5 in the quarterfinals on the county champs' home turf.

The Bruins' trio of leading scorers on attack, senior Rusty Petsche (36 goals, 13 assists) and juniors Jason Randolph (38-16) and Joey Case (23-20) came up big down the stretch.

Each scored their lone goals in the second half. Petsche's goal tied the game at 5 in the third period after a pair of goals and assist by Kelly Nash had forged a 4-4 tie at the half.

Randolph's spinning and tumbling goal proved to be the game-winner with 4: 19 left in the game and Case added the insurance goal in an extra-man situation to make it 7-5 with 1: 56 remaining.

The goals got by Falcons junior goalkeeper Steve Smith, "who played his greatest game" with 21 saves, according to coach Mike Bellotte.

Eleventh-ranked Severna Park (11-3) had won, 10-7, at No. 12 Broadneck (11-2) on May 1 to clinch the South Division title.

The Falcons then won the county championship over the North's Chesapeake, 13-6, last Monday. Chesapeake won the county title last year over Broadneck but lost to Annapolis in the first round of the playoffs.

Broadneck knocked off Severna Park, 11-8 in last year's region semis and went on to win its second straight state title.

"Our tradition is rich and you know what -- the bottom line is we showed what our tradition is about tonight," said Broadneck coach Clay White.

"It's not about winning a county championship and it's not about the regular season. It's about what is going on right now [playoffs]."

White cited the play of his senior goalkeeper Tommy Dryer, the Bruins' close defense and the play of junior midfielder Nash as the main ingredients in the huge win.

Dryer rejected eight Falcons shots, making a couple outstanding saves in the second half when Severna Park got off just seven shots. The Bruins' close defense of seniors Jamie Powers and Dustin Hall along with juniors Sam Strother and Dan Freeberg smothered the Falcons' attack and midfield.

Severna Park's leading scorer Jon Lehman (25-7) was held to one goal. Lehman's goal gave the Falcons their last lead of the night at 5-4 in the first two minutes of the second half.

The other Falcons goals were scored by four players, including one by senior defenseman Adam Baxter.

"We played our hearts out," said Baxter, who turned down dTC chance to play lacrosse at Penn State so he could also play football at Salisbury State. "We knew we had to leave it all on the field and we did. But we came up a little short."

No. 13 Annapolis 14, Chesapeake-AA 13: The Panthers (12-2) rallied from three goals down after three quarters with seven goals in a six-minute span in the final period and defeated the Cougars in a 3A-4A East quarterfinal.

Senior Steve Briannis led Annapolis with four goals. Juniors Michael McIntyre and Matt Willis led the way with three goals apiece for Chesapeake. Senior Keath Puller kept the Cougars close with 16 saves.

Glen Burnie 17, Meade 0: Senior James Riley scored a game-high six goals and assisted on another as the Gophers (4-10) knocked off the visiting Mustangs to reach the semifinals of the 3A-4A East Region.

Senior Tom Sealock chipped in with two goals and five assists while goalie Chris Miller had 15 saves in the shutout.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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