Severn pours on 16-3 loss on Sev. Park

Game called by lightning with 8:29 remaining with Admirals well ahead

Boys lacrosse

High schools

April 10, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With the home team down 16-3 and 8:29 left on the clock, officials called last night's Severn at Severna Park boys lacrosse game after lightning streaked across the sky, bringing with it a downpour.

In truth, however, the game had long been over, and the storm already had hit: The third-ranked, visiting Admirals (6-2), still ailing from two straight losses, built an 11-0 halftime lead en route to what amounted to a walk-through rehearsal against the 12th-ranked Falcons (3-2), last year's 4A-3A public school state runner-up.

North Carolina-bound attackman Drew Habeck led the way with five goals, midfielder Mike Houser had three goals and two assists, and attackman Brandon Wright scored two each in goals and assists for the Admirals, whose 5-0 first-period lead, as it turned out, would have been enough to win the game.

Others contributing for the Admirals, who ran by the Falcons' defense for nine unassisted goals, were Brad Jones (two goals, one assist), Jason Werner (two goals), J.P. McDermott and Todd MacMullan with a goal each, and Mike Bailey with an assist.

Ranked No. 1 last week before losing twice to McDonogh and Loyola, Severn overcame those frustrating setbacks, one of which caused Princeton-bound keeper Matt Larkin to be yanked due to his ineffectiveness.

Larkin finished with 11 saves last night, leaving the game for an altogether different reason in the third period. This time, it was because the Admirals had a 16-1 lead.

"My game is 95 percent mental, and I needed to step back and analyze what I was doing wrong, take a few extra shots from coach Beardmore after practice," said Larkin, whose goalkeeping coach is Jimmy Beardmore, a two-time All-American at Maryland.

"It gets me intense, and I wouldn't want anyone else," said Larkin. "`Severna Park always wants a shot at us no matter what. It doesn't matter how strong we are in our conference, or how strong they are in theirs. It's a rivalry that's gone on forever ... "

The victory didn't go unnoticed: Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, whose Lakers play host to Severn tomorrow, was in the stands. His top defenseman, J.J. La Seta, should offer a different challenge for the Admirals.

"In one of our last games, we were down 8-1. This was a game that we needed to get our confidence up, get our structure back, run our plays," Habeck said. "We know Baltimore's always a tough place to play, but we're going in confident against a good team."

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