Severna Park storms past Seneca Valley

15-3 rout returns champs to state final, vs. Dulaney

Boys lacrosse state semifinals

May 21, 2000|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Special to the Sun

Severna Park, which had consistently overwhelmed opponents with talent and numbers, produced more of the same yesterday as it whipped Seneca Valley, 15-3, in a state Class 4A-3A semifinal boys lacrosse game at UMBC Stadium.

The No. 7 Falcons (18-2), defending state champions, will play No. 13 Dulaney in the title game Tuesday, 8 p.m., at UMBC. The loss ended a 16-game unbeaten streak for Seneca Valley, the first Montgomery County team to reach the state playoffs.

Such is the depth of coach Michael Bellotte's squad, that Starke Mueller, a senior midfielder who ranks seventh on his team in goals score, led the attack with four goals and an assist.

As strong as the offense appeared, Bellolotte was more impressed with his defense, particularly junior Gavin Schatz."He's our No. 3 defenseman [the other two starting defensemen are scholarship seniors headed for Maryland and Cornell]. Today, though, he played like No. 1.`

To which Schatz responded. "I knew I had to play my best. You couldn't let down and get scored on."

In a 9-8 regional final victory over Annapolis, revenge for one of the two losses (the other was to St. Mary's), Schatz said the key was shutting down the opposing set-up people. Schatz and the Falcons did the same yesterday."We knew they based their team around Damian Hall on defefense; Kevin Sheridan in the middle, and Mike Ricucci on attack. They can't run against us with only three. We have 29 different scorers, seven of them with more than 30 points.

Later, Bellotte explained, "A team like Seneca Valley, known for making big hits, you have take their emotion out of the game early so they don't jump on you. It's hard for any team to go undefeated."

Severna Park's domination was reflected in the difference in shots, 59-18.

Seneca Valley coach Ed Kostolansky said, "The key was we hadn't played any team the caliber of Severna Park. They played very well in the first quarter and it set us back on our heels."

Senior midfielder Paul Gillette (two goals, two assists) provided Severna Park's first two goals in the opening two minutes, and the count was 5-0 before the Screaming Eagles made the scoreboard with one minute, 31 seconds left in the quarter. It was 11-2 at the half.

Seneva Valley goalkeeper Miguel Snyder, a junior, had his best stretch of play in the third quarter, as he and the defense limited the leaders to a single goal.

For the season, Severna Park outscored its foes by an average of 15-5 while the Montgomery County team had a 13-3 margin, allowing more than seven goals just once before running into Severna Park.

Class 3A-2A-1A

Junior midfielder Ben Dougherty broke a 7-7 tie with 35 seconds left to help the Glenelg Gladiators edge past Queen Anne's, 9-7, in their state semifinal at UMBC.

Glenelg will meet Hereford for the state championship on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at UMBC.

The Gladiators (15-4) would not be returning to the state finals for the first time since 1997 if it weren't for Dougherty's heroics.

Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid called a timeout with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter and designed a play that isolated the attacker drawing the short-stick defender.

Dougherty drew the Lions' short-stick defender and proceeded to work one-on-one to the left of the net. After he raced past the defender, Dougherty jumped in the air and beat junior goalkeeper Seth Ricketts with a high shot that gave the Gladiators an 8-7 lead."Whoever had the shorty, go for it," Dougherty said of the play. "I was thinking one-on-one and was just trying to get the ball in the net."

Senior attack Zach McQuigg scored three goals and had three assists for Glenelg. Junior goalkeeper Steve Marshall kept the Gladiators in the game, making eight saves.

Boys lacrosse

State finals

(At UMBC)

Class 4A-3A

Severna Park vs. Dulaney, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Class 3A-2A-1A

Glenelg vs. Hereford, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

State semifinals

(At UMBC)

Yesterday's results

Class 4A-3A

Severna Park 15, Seneca Valley 3

Class 3A-2A-1A

Glenelg 9, Queen Anne's 7

Friday's results

Class 4A-3A

Dulaney 16, C.M. Wright 4

Class 3A-2A-1A

Hereford 8, Mt. Hebron 7 (OT)

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