Severn gets best of Severna Park

No. 4 Admirals establish aggressiveness early, beat neighborhood rivals, 10-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 14, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As rivalries go, Severn vs. Severna Park, private and public schools, respectively, is about as big as they come. Separated by less than two miles, the schools are on opposite ends of Evergreen Road in Severna Park.

"They're right down the street. We see each other around town," said Severn's Mike Phipps. "It's a friendly rivalry, but we didn't talk much before the game. Now that it's over, we can do some talking."

Phipps had bragging rights after yesterday's 10-7 victory. His third assist, to Jason Werner (two goals), gave host Severn a 9-5 lead with 1:08 left in the third period. His third goal, assisted by Will Deane (one goal, two assists), made it 10-7 with 2:47 to play.

The fourth-ranked Admirals, 14-8 losers to private school rival Mount St. Joseph at home on Friday night, were challenged by coach Jamie McNealey to "do a better job of defending our home turf." And the Admirals did exactly that, out-hustling the Falcons (5-3) -- one of Maryland's premier Class 4A-3A public school programs -- from the outset by digging ground balls and dictating a physical pace.

Severn's Ryan Brassel, Mike Biles (three goals) and Phipps ran right by Severna Park defenders before rifling in the game's first three goals for a 3-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter.

"Our goal was to make the first hit, get the first ground ball and score the first goal," Phipps said. "Once we got our confidence back, we played like we did earlier in the season and they had no answer for us."

Goals by Tommy Williams (one goal, two assists) and Andrew Ostrusky (three goals) brought No. 10 Severna Park to 3-2 with four minutes left in the first. But Severn (9-3) scored three of the next four goals.

"There were times our defense and goalie played well, but we never stepped up, offensively, to overcome the deficits," said Williams. "We needed better defense from our midfield, and our offense needed to finish better."

The Falcons looked like a different team in the second half, as Brian Burns (one goal, one assist) and Brian Borden won all seven of the third-period faceoffs and 15 of 20 overall. But Severn matched Severna Park's three third-period goals.

If the Falcons weren't being thwarted by Severn keeper Tyler Eddy (14 saves) or having the ball stripped from their sticks by defenders Doug Lehner or Billy Staines, they were dropping balls. Severna Park scored only twice on seven man-up opportunities.

"Once they got within eight or 10 yards of the goal, our defense was all over them," Staines said. "We wanted to show aggression, heart, desire and set the tone early -- and we did that."

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