Broadneck upsets No. 3 Severna Park

No. 10 Bruins overcome 4-1 deficit to win, 8-7

Girls lacrosse

April 24, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Brooke Richards called it the "best win" of her four-year career.

That opinion may change if Broadneck's girls lacrosse team reaches the county or Class 4A-3A state championship game, but the midfielder and No. 10 Bruins took much satisfaction in their 8-7 upset of third-ranked Severna Park last night.

The win over the Falcons was the first in Karen Tengwall's four years as the Bruins' coach.

"We knew that we didn't play that great in the first half," said senior midfielder Stephanie Jones. "We played their game. We came out for the second half fired up to play our game."

Down 4-1 at halftime, visiting Broadneck (8-2, 8-0 county) was more aggressive in the second half, outshooting Severna Park by 13-8.

The Bruins also cut down on turnovers, committing just four in the second half. The Falcons (7-1-1, 7-1 county) had six turnovers in the half.

More importantly, Broadneck's high-scoring trio of Jones, Richards and senior attack Kate Scott made their presence felt in the second half.

Jones erupted for three goals and two assists in the half, while Richards scored three goals in a 4:23 span. Scott registered three of her game-high four assists in the half.

"We started on the transition," Richards said. "The low attackmen were cutting to the ball, and the draws were going in our favor."

Another change was Tengwall's decision to dump certain defensive assignments.

"In the first half, we were worried about matchups," she said. "In the second half, we said, `Forget it. Let's just go out and do what we do.' ... We just played tough defense on everyone."

After the Bruins scored five straight goals to command an 8-5 advantage, Severna Park's Laura Anderson and Meg Boyd scored to shave the lead to one with 43 seconds left. But Jones picked up a loose ball off the draw and ran out the clock in Broadneck's offensive zone.

No. 14 South River 11, No. 12 Annapolis 5: Sophomore Frannie Sullivan had three goals and an assist to help the visiting Seahawks stay undefeated: 9-0 overall, 8-0 in the county.

Junior Michelle DeChant led reigning county champion Annapolis (7-4, 5-3 county) with a goal and two assists.

The Seahawks' win sets up a Friday clash of the only unbeaten teams in the county: Broadneck at South River at 5:15 p.m.

"We're ready for the challenge," said South River coach Kim McNemar. "Our team is definitely psyched. We've been looking forward to this all season."

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