8th-ranked Annapolis KO's Broadneck for 8th in row

Samaras scores five goals against No. 13 Bruins

Boys lacrosse

April 21, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

When the Class 3A-4A state champs from Annapolis High graduated 13 players from last spring's roster, including eight starters, most assumed with good reason that a rebuilding program was in the offing for the Panthers this season.

Wrong.

After hanging tough for three periods but losing its season-opener to St. Mary's, No. 8-ranked Annapolis has now run eight wins in a row, counting last night's 10-7 victory over long-time adversary Broadneck.

Rebuilding, heck no; reloading is more like it.

The victors moved out to a 4-2 advantage at halftime, as junior Severn School transfer Drew Samaras jammed three of his five goals into a 10-minute stretch, and defensive work by Paul Haberlein, Cole Gelrod and Charlie Dammeyer held No. 13 Broadneck (5-3) at arm's length the rest of the way.

If it wasn't Samaras doing the damage offensively for the Panthers, it was Brett McConnaughhay, who had three goals and three assists.

"That's the setup we like to see," said Annapolis coach John German, "six guys out there doing all the things necessary for a team to win. They all can catch, pass and shoot."

Besides the scorers, midfielder Will Phillips had a field day, too, logging four assists and a goal. Two of his feeds bordered on spectacular, long, seeing-eye passes that found mates open on the doorstep of the Broadneck goal.

"These games with Broadneck are always rugged, and you don't know what to expect," said the coach, "so we're always happy to get out of here with a win. We didn't play smart sometimes, but we did play hard, and that's important from now on, because every game has to be treated as a championship game."

Annapolis never trailed once McConnaughhay hit a tough-angle shot after about five minutes, although Broadneck forged a pair of ties before a pair of Samaras tallies sent the visitors off with a two-goal spread at intermission.

Kelly Nash, who had a goal and four assists, closed the gap for Broadneck at the start of the second half, and he fed Brenden Poleski for one of his three goals to keep his team within a goal at 5-4 five minutes into the third quarter.

Annapolis pushed its lead out to 9-5 halfway through the fourth period, though, and frustrated Broadneck by running chunks of time off the clock.

Broadneck had chances for an early lead, but Annapolis sophomore goalie Robby Habertein did nicely in keeping his team solvent.

"We tell Robby that he doesn't have to save every shot sent his way," said German. "Just stop the three or four shots that are sure goals, and keep us in the game."

And that's what he did.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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