No. 5 Severn halts rally, edges No. 7 Calvert Hall

Boys lacrosse

March 27, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Having lost seven starters to graduation, among them two proven scorers and one of the nation's best goalies, Severn's boys lacrosse team was supposed to be a pushover this year.

At least, that was the talk on the World Wide Web.

"The kids read that stuff on the Internet how people don't respect us. They hear it at college lacrosse games," said Admirals coach Jamie McNealey. "They've just taken it in quietly, gone out on the field and proven themselves."

The No. 5 Admirals made believers of No. 7 Calvert Hall yesterday, overcoming a third-period deficit, a dense fog and a slick, muddy field to win their third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game, 11-10.

Michael Phipps (two goals, four assists), Jason Werner (four goals) and Mike Biles (three goals) were the top scorers for Severn (3-1), which was outscored 5-0 in the third period as Calvert Hall turned a 7-3 halftime deficit into an 8-7 lead.

Zach Mryncza (five goals, two assists) led Calvert Hall, scoring three times in the third period. Kevin Huntley (one goal, two assist), Ben Wolff (two goals) and Nick Williams (one goal, one assist) also contributed.

"We came out flat in the third quarter and they stuck it to us," Phipps said. "But we got our heads back into it, went back to what we were doing in the first half."

With Severn down 9-8 and 5:34 to play, Admirals goalie Kip Turner (10 saves) stopped two consecutive shots during an extra-man situation for the Cardinals (4-1). Phipps followed up Turner's effort, starting a 3-0 run for an 11-9 lead with 3:28 to play. In that time, Phipps scored off an assist from defender Billy Staines and assisted on two goals by Werner.

Calvert Hall pulled to within 11-10 with 44 seconds to go, but Turner cradled a shot that would have tied the score for the fifth time, allowing the Admirals to run out the remaining seconds. Turner also stopped four of the Cardinals' first six shots.

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