Annapolis upends Severna Park, 11-7

No. 5 Panthers rally from four-goal deficit to win A. Arundel title

Girls lacrosse

High schools

May 09, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Not again.

The No. 5-ranked Annapolis girls lacrosse team, which had lost the past two county championships to Severna Park, rallied from a four-goal deficit to surge past those same Falcons, 11-7, and win the Anne Arundel County title last night at Southern High in Harwood.

In the past two county title games, Severna Park avenged regular-season losses by upending the Panthers in the finale. Last night, Annapolis (14-1) - which won the regular-season meeting, 8-7 - halted that streak by capturing its first county crown since 1998.

"To go through the season and win every game and not get the county championship, that breaks your heart," said Panthers midfielder Kristy Dirks. "To win it this year and coming back makes it feel so good."

The comeback was a significant story line last night. The sixth-ranked Falcons sprinted out at the start of the game, building a 5-1 lead around goals from midfielder Nicki Barnes, defender Meg Boyd, Barnes again, midfielder Laura Anderson and defender Lindsey Stover.

Annapolis, which tallied three of the final four goals to cut the Severna Park lead to two by halftime, busted through in the second half.

Powered by the All-Metro trio of attacker Sarah Oliphant (four goals and four assists), midfielder Acacia Walker (a hat trick) and Dirks (two goals), the Panthers scored six unanswered goals to take a 10-6 advantage with 10:52 left in the game.

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