Severna Park routs Whitman

20-2 win sets up final vs. Liberty on Tuesday

Girls lacrosse state semifinals

May 21, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With the hard part seemingly out of the way, the Severna Park girls lacrosse team wasn't taking any chances last night at UMBC Stadium.

After knocking out two-time defending state champ Annapolis on Wednesday, the No.4 Falcons came back with a steady stream of goals in a convincing 20-2 win over Whitman in a Class 4A-3A state semifinal.

The Falcons (17-3) will return to UMBC on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to meet Liberty - 14-6 winners over Dulaney in the other semifinal.

Severna Park won four straight state titles, starting in 1990, and was making its first state playoff appearance since 1997.

After their 13-10 win over Anne Arundel county-rival Annapolis to stake their claim to the demanding East region, the Falcons were set on avoiding any letdown in state play.

It showed.

With far more skills, speed and experience, they simply overwhelmed West region champ Whitman (15-4) from Montgomery County by scoring the game's first seven goals and taking a 13-1 lead at the half."They knew what they've come here for and did a nice job of staying motivated and being aggressive and working on the things they need to, particularly playing on the AstroTurf," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson.

Jen Cielewich, Nicki Barnes and Holly Noga all scored three goals; Meg Miller, Kate Hickman and Krista Fisher added two, and the Falcons made a bold statement as to who the team to beat is come Tuesday."We know we have to come out every game now pumped up like it may be our last," said Cielewich, a senior midfielder headed for Boston University on a lacrosse scholarship.

It was apparent early that the Vikings were no match for Severna Park.

With plenty of open space to work with throughout, the Falcons got goals from Miller, Kristen Burke, Cielewich, Barnes and Noga in the first seven minutes. After Hickman made it 11-1 with 3:37 left in the half, the game was played out with a running clock the rest of the way."They've been playing for years, and we have some first-year players," Whitman senior Liza Gorman said. "It was different. In Montgomery County, every team is at the same level. You can tell they've been playing for a long time, and their competition is higher."

In the prior two seasons, the biggest playoff test for Annapolis was getting past Severna Park in the region playoffs. Last spring, the Panthers rolled past Liberty, 13-4, in the state final game.

The Falcons are hoping it's their turn this spring."We're excited," Cielewich said. "We're definitely going to come out ready to play, and it's going to be a good show. If we play as hard as we can, that's all you can ask and win or lose, we'll know we did our best and can't walk away disappointed."Liberty 14, Dulaney 6: Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said her team bears little resemblance to the one that opened its season with a loss to Dulaney.

In last night's Class 4A-3A state semifinals at UMBC, the Carroll County power showed just how far it has come.

Michelle Allen scored four goals to go along with three each from Meagan Voight and Jessica Roguski, as No.13 Liberty jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised past No.12 Dulaney.

The primary difference between the win and Liberty's earlier 14-11 loss was the play of Roguski, who handles the team's draws. After winning just eight of 25 in the first meeting, the Vanderbilt-bound senior won 14 of 22, helping Liberty dominate time of possession."I was reminded constantly that it would come down to faceoffs," Roguski said.

Nearly as important as what Liberty got, however, was what Dulaney (13-3) didn't get.

After falling behind 6-1, the Baltimore County team had one goal taken away for having too many players on the field, then two more early in the second half for an illegal stick and being offside.

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