Sev. Park trips tired Annapolis by 9-8

Seniors lead win

Wooster sets assist mark

Regional boys lacrosse

High schools

May 18, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The senior leadership of Starke Mueller, David Wagner, Paul Gillette and Mac Chase led defending Class 4A-3A state boys lacrosse champion Severna Park to a thrilling 9-8 victory over Annapolis last night in the East region final at George Roberts Field.

Mueller was the man on faceoffs for the No.7-ranked Falcons (17-2), and Wagner held normally high-scoring David Wooster to two assists. Wooster had scored five in the No.6 Panthers' 11-8 victory over the Falcons in last week's county championship game.

With two assists last night, Wooster finished with 99 total points to break the school season record of 98 by Taylor Boone in 1994. Boone was at the game last night.

"Wooster kind of ran his mouth after the last game and said everybody knows the road to the state championship goes through Annapolis, and we're the defending champion," said Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte, whose team outshot the visitors, 36-26, and held a 43-34 advantage in ground balls.

"That was a smack in our face. I told Dave Wagner, `You were elected an All-American by the coaches in this county. You've got to come out and show everybody that you are an All-American.' Starke was really disappointed at his showing [on faceoffs] in the county championship game against Lesko, and felt he had something to prove."

Lesko, who Bellotte said is "the man," pumped in four of his game high six goals in the second half last night, including the Panthers' eighth with 1:11 left. But Mueller won 12 of 20 faceoffs against him.

Chase, who had a career-high seven goals in the first game against Annapolis, led the Falcons last night with three goals. Gillette added a crucial insurance goal with 8:36 left.

Severna Park will likely play Seneca Valley of Montgomery County in the state semifinals and will find out today whether that will be on tomorrow or Saturday.

Severna Park took the regular season meeting over the Panthers by 14-9 only to lose the Anne Arundel County championship to Annapolis (16-3).

Annapolis was playing a third straight day because its quarterfinal game with North County was stopped by lightning on Saturday and had to be finished Monday night.

The Panthers posted a 16-7 victory over the Knights Monday while the Falcons were edging Arundel, 10-9, in their semifinal.

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