Severna Park-Annapolis already matchup to watch

Tonight's boys, girls games provide early gauge on year

Lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The showdowns are here -- already.

It might seem a bit early in the season, but a tone-setting, double dose of lacrosse will take place tonight at Severna Park with Annapolis in for visits.

The girls will get the action started at 5: 15 p.m., with the boys to follow at 7: 15.

For the most part, tonight will provide an immediate gauge of what's to follow.

Two defending state champs will be featured.

In the opener, the Annapolis girls, winners of the past two Class 4A-3A crowns, will once again try to fend off the Falcons.

The No. 3 Panthers (2-0-1) are coming off a 13-7 win over No. 12 Broadneck on Tuesday, while No. 5 Severna Park improved to 2-0 for the season with a 15-5 win over Northeast.

Familiar names will play a key role with the Panthers' high-powered attack led by Acacia Walker, Kristy Dirks, Sarah Oliphant and Katie Hartman looking to break through against a strong Severna Park defense led by Meg Miller and goalie Kim Lawton.

Early on, the Falcons have been able to spread out the scoring wealth, giving the Annapolis defense something to think about.

"I think we'll definitely have to tighten up a little more on defense. We'll also have to take better cae of our passes and shoot better because Lawton is very strong in goal," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes after the Panthers' win against Broadneck.

An early common opponent of the two teams is Broadneck, which opened the season with a 12-5 loss to the Falcons last Friday.

"I think it should be really intense -- both teams playing hard and both coaches well prepared," said Broadneck coach Karen Chesley. "Severna Park looks to have talent at every position, where Annapolis may be lacking in some positions -- that may be the difference."

Just how important is this early-season game? The jury is out.

"It's a little early in the season for a big game. You want to peak at the end of the season, and you want someone there to get you to peak," said Gehrdes.

The Severna Park boys, who dethroned Annapolis last spring as the Class 4A-3A state champs, have picked up right where they left off.

In their impressive 2-0 start, the Falcons scored 39 goals in wins over Broadneck and Northeast, with goals scattered from all directions.

Tuesday's 21-3 win over Northeast was a prime example. Paul Burnett had six goals and two assists; Jerry Cornett added five goals and three assists; and Paul Gillette handed out seven assists.

Annapolis improved the 2-1 with a 12-4 win over Broadneck. Dave Wooster had four goals and three assists, while Josh Lesko (three goals) and Bret McConnaughhay (three assists) also did their share.

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