Severna Park captures first title, 12-8

Fallston can't solve potent Falcons offense

Annapolis girls win again

3A-4A boys lacrosse

May 26, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Severna Park was in its first 3A-4A state title game, but its squad, which starts only three seniors, played like veterans in exploiting Fallston of Harford County in most facets of their 12-8 victory.

When the 14th-ranked Cougars (15-4) played man-to-man defense, the 10th-ranked Falcons (13-6) simply went through or around them on dodges for a 5-3 halftime lead, four of the goals being unassisted.

And when the losing team switched to a zone in the third period, the Falcons shredded it for assists on five of its final seven goals.

Down 11-5 with 5: 37 to play, Fallston rallied to within 11-8 with 2: 55 left. But the comeback fell short as Severna Park won its seventh straight game, its first crown in the school history and kept the title in Anne Arundel County for the eighth straight season.

Juniors Mac Chase (two goals, three assists) and Paul Gillette (three, two), and senior Hans Hergenroeder (three goals) led the Falcons, who improved to 7-4 against teams that have been ranked by The Sun at one point or another this season.

Starke Mueller had a goal and an assist, and Dennis Cantwell and Paul Burnett each scored twice as the Falcons joined county neighbors Broadneck (a four-time winner), Annapolis (twice) and Arundel (once) as a state champ.

Defensively, Severna Park defenders Ryan McGarry, Dave Wagner and Joe Hickman continually swiped the ball and cleared it into the offense, limiting Fallston to one score in its first three extra-man chances. Keeper Steve Smith had six of his nine saves in the final period.

Dan Velez (one goal, three assists), Bob Evans (three, one) and Josh Warfield (three goals) led Fallston, whose winning streak ended at seven games. Fallston, a state tournament runner-up to Towson in 1993, was trying to win its first lacrosse title since taking a state-regional crown in 1987.

Chase, who missed the early part of the season and all of last season with cracked ribs, fearlessly drove through defenders, getting leveled at times.

"We felt like we could take them on. We just did whatever we had to against whatever defense we saw them in," said the 5-foot-7 junior.

"We controlled the ball on offense and did what we had to do to win. We'd just come to far to give it up."

3A-4A girls lacrosse

Annapolis 13, Liberty 4: All season, No. 5 Annapolis has been heralded for its overpowering attack, but in last night's state Class 3A-4A title game against No. 10 Liberty, the Panthers' defense proved even more overpowering.

The Panthers (19-1) held Liberty to just two shots in the first 24 minutes en route to a 13-4 victory at UMBC for their second straight Class 3A-4A championship and their third crown in four years.

The Lions (17-3) simply could not contend with the defensive pressure the Panthers applied. They forced turnovers all over the field and pounced on nearly every ground ball.

"We couldn't get the ball even when we knocked it out," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "They were great at picking up the garbage off the ground."

Becca McDevitt, Robyn Mincher, Mary Beth Simmons, Jesse White and Caitlin Stone led a Panthers' defensive effort that rarely let the Lions set up on attack and allowed them just one goal in the first 28 minutes.

Goalie Emily Childs allowed just three goals and made five saves, including one in the final 40 seconds of the first half.

The Panthers' defense has allowed just 53 goals this season, an average of 2.65 per game.

"They get overlooked," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes. "Our defense is just super. To show you the respect our team has for the defense, they voted Emily Childs, our goalkeeper, our most valuable player."

Sophomore attacker Sarah Oliphant couldn't praise her defensive teammates enough even though she had four goals and four assists -- just one point shy of the Class 3A-4A tournament record.

"It's easy for me to stand back at the crease and score the goals," said Oliphant, "but I wouldn't be anything without Emily, Becca, Robyn and Mary Beth working the transition all the way up. That's why we say it's a team, because that's what gets us there."

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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