Defending champ Severna Park blasts past No. 9 Broadneck, 9-4

No. 5 Falcons recover after an early stumble

Girls lacrosse

High schools

March 24, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Few girls lacrosse teams welcome the thought of opening the season against a defending state champion, but someone has to do it.

That was the task facing ninth-ranked Broadneck. But the visiting Bruins lacked the ball control and firepower to match No. 5-ranked Severna Park, which won, 9-4, at Severna Park last night.

The Falcons, who captured the Class 4A-3A title last season, their first state crown in seven seasons, improved to 1-0 overall and in the county by winning the battle on the ground and in the air.

Severna Park outshot Broadneck 23-18 and scored four goals off Bruins turnovers.

For the game, Broadneck committed 11 turnovers, while the Falcons dropped the ball nine times.

Bruins coach Karen Tengwall said her squad was mentally prepared to take on the reigning state champion.

"This is the second year in a row we've faced them," Tengwall said of meeting Severna Park. "The ground balls did us in. When the ball was on the ground, Severna Park was always on it. Against a team like Severna Park, you can't afford to let up."

Broadneck's play at the start didn't indicate any signs of a breakdown, as the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Falcons with 2:50 gone in the first half.

But Severna Park regrouped and snapped off five unanswered goals to enjoy a 5-2 advantage at halftime.

Falcons senior defender Lindsey Stover, who posted two of her game-high three goals during that first-half run, said the team needed some time to find its offensive rhythm.

"I think it was a case of jitters, but we came through," she said. "I think after we scored our first goal, we were all pumped up."

Like the first half, Broadneck (0-1 overall and in the county) struck early courtesy of a goal from junior midfielder Brooke Richards (two assists) just 12 seconds into the second half.

But like the opening 25-minute period, Severna Park tallied the next four scores to seal the victory.

Severna Park earned a boost, too, from sophomore goalie Brooke Shinaberry, who opened her first varsity start with nine saves.

"I told Brooke beforehand, `This is your game. Go out and get it,'" said Falcons coach Carin Peterson. "She held tough."

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