Routs in lacrosse reinforce arguments for dividing league in two, or do they?

SIDELINES

High School

April 18, 2002|By Pat O'Malley

Severna Park's Mike Bellotte is one of several Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse coaches who would like to see a two-division format in which the perennial top teams play in the same division, with the purpose of cutting down on lopsided scores that don't benefit winner or loser.

"It's just unfortunate that Anne Arundel County won't let us either add more nonleague games to our schedules or not play some of these teams in our county," said Bellotte, after his No. 10 Falcons (6-3) humbled North County, 18-3, on Tuesday.

"The rest of our season is going to be like this."

Severna Park's three losses have come to nationally top-ranked Landon (11-0), The Sun's No. 6 St. Mary's (7-5) and No. 4 Severn (9-4). Severna Park's 10-7 loss to Severn on Saturday was sandwiched between the Falcon's 23-1 rout of Glen Burnie (2-6) on Friday and Tuesday's rout of North County (7-2).

"Friday night, playing Glen Burnie, we got used to playing at their speed," Bellotte said. "You get dumbed down, and you think you are gunning hard, and you are not. Then, the first quarter of the Severn game, boom, they blow our drawers off, and it takes us a quarter to get into the game. And then, after that, it's an even game."

Bellotte said he and a few other coaches proposed the two-division idea after last season, but the county athletic directors voted it down, mainly because of the added travel expenses it would incur.

"Quite honestly, we don't get anything out of games like this," Bellotte said. "We play about 75 percent in games like this. We get more out of 10-7 losses to teams like Severn."

A couple other examples of lopsided games around the county from Tuesday further fueling Bellotte's argument: No. 14 Southern beat Meade, 14-1, and No. 15 South River defeated Northeast, 19-1.

Bellotte is hoping the two-division proposal comes up again and that athletic directors will consider some kind of change.

Of course, do it for one sport, you have to do it for others.

Sideliners

Ben MacNeil scored seven goals for South River in that 18-goal rout of Northeast. ... Mark Collier had six goals and four assists for Arundel (5-4) in a 16-11 victory over Chesapeake (3-4). ... No. 8 Glen Burnie's baseball team (8-3) posted its fifth straight win Monday, 3-0, over Annapolis (3-7). ... Severna Park catcher/outfielder Steve Weber, All-County as a junior, is leaning toward Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Weber was considering Navy.

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