Severna Park surges late, 15-11

No. 10 Falcons register 3 goals in two minutes to turn back Broadneck

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

April 24, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

With upset-minded Broadneck bearing down on them, host Severna Park fired off three goals within two minutes and went on to a 15-11 victory in Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse last night.

The No. 10 Falcons (8-3, 8-0 county) got the decisive goals from senior attack Andy Ostrusky and senior midfielders Jon Beam and J. P. Murphy at Roberts Field.

Ostrusky, who also had two assists, and Beam had three goals each for the Falcons, as did Brian Burns. Murphy (three assists) and Tommy Williams had two goals each for the victors.

In what is one of the county's top rivalries, the Falcons were able to reach back and stave off every run the Bruins (7-4, 4-3) made.

"They beat us to the ground balls all night with their speed," said Broadneck coach Clay White, whose team had 34 ground balls to the Falcons' 44. "Speed is something you can't teach and they can score a lot of different ways."

Severna Park also dominated the faceoffs, winning 20 of 31, and outshot the Bruins by 45-21.

After taking a 2-1 lead with 4:38 left in the first quarter, the Falcons led the rest of the way and held a 10-6 advantage by halftime.

"They dominated early and that was crucial," said White.

The closest Broadneck came was 12-10 with 6:26 remaining in the game on the second of three goals by Notre Dame-bound midfielder Steve Panos. His score came on a double-pump inches from the crease.

Panos just missed about a minute later when Falcons goalie Tyler Eddy, who had seven saves, made a brilliant stop. Eddy's clutch save opened the gates for Ostrusky to make it 13-10 with 4:28 remaining.

Beam took his turn with 3:19 left. Then, Blake Best fed Murphy for the Falcons' final goal. About 15 seconds later with 2:20 on the scoreboard, Panos closed the scoring with the Bruins' 11th goal.

"They just took it to us the whole ballgame," said White. "Our kids showed heart and came back."

Senior attackmen Jake Lerian and Matt Campbell chipped in two goals each for the Bruins.

Coming off a one-game suspension for comments he made to the Sun last week, Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte would not talk to the media after the game. Bellotte also instructed his players not to speak to the media, either.

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