Nation's No. 1 dissects Severna Park

Montgomery Co.'s Landon wins 22nd straight, 12-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 23, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte knew his Falcons needed to play nearly perfect against Landon of Montgomery County, the nation's top-ranked high school boys lacrosse team.

But the Falcons didn't, and were dismantled early in last night's 12-7 loss in the Severna Park Tournament.

Matt Ward and Brendan Healy registered three goals and one assist each, as Landon built a 9-3 halftime lead in its 22nd straight win.

The Bears (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the country by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, play Annapolis (0-1) today at 5:15. That will be followed by No. 8 Severna Park (0-1) vs. No. 5 St. Mary's (2-0), which handled Annapolis, 14-7, in near-freezing temperatures last night.

Landon already has beaten private school powers Loyola and Severn, ranked first and sixth by The Sun.

Severna Park, the area's highest-ranked public school, played evenly early as keeper Tyler Eddy made six of his 14 saves before a goal by defender Tony Vita gave Landon a 1-0 lead 6:25 before the second period.

Vita raced virtually unhindered about 75 yards before slamming his 8-yard shot past Eddy. Landon then scored five of its next six goals on extra-man opportunities and was up by as much as 8-1 with 4:55 left in the half.

"Three or four minutes into the game, we're hanging tough. Then a defender runs by us, and we have a meltdown with five or six penalties," Bellotte said. "When you're playing the No. 1 team, you can't let them pick you apart ... But we never quit, and I saw some decent individual effort."

Severna Park played fairly evenly from there, led by Tommy Williams and Andrew Ostrusky with three goals each. Chris Ortel chipped in one goal and one assist, and Mike Osborne had two assists.

But the Falcons were hurt by the combination of Landon keeper Jeff Wieker (12 saves) and their failure to convert on four extra-man chances in the third period.

Last night's other game pitted St. Mary's coach Mike Burnett against Annapolis coach Joe Keenan, St. Mary's graduates in 1979 and 1994, respectively. The Saints beat the Panthers for the 33rd straight time since losing to Annapolis in 1966.

St. Mary's was coming off Thursday's 11-8 upset of third-ranked St. Paul's, during which Scott Falatach scored seven goals and assisted on another. Falatach again led the Saints with four scores and three assists yesterday.

Bellotte, a 1984 St. Mary's graduate, said Severna Park has not beaten the Saints since 1978.

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