For the past six years, the Severna Park girls lacrosse team has been synonymous with the Anne Arundel County championship game.
The ninth-ranked Falcons extended that streak to seven by walloping No. 11 South River, 12-3, in Severna Park last night.
The victory gives the host Falcons (10-1-1, 10-1 Anne Arundel) the second and final berth in Tuesday's title game at South River, and a chance to add to the crowns they collected in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
"We were thinking that we had to win this to go to the county championship game," said senior midfielder Kate Hickman, who will lead Severna Park against No. 8 Broadneck in the final. "We knew that we had to beat South River to get to them."
The Falcons didn't waste much time last night as senior midfielder Laura Anderson scored three times and Hickman twice to give their team a 5-2 lead at halftime.
Remembering a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to Broadneck on April 23 in which Severna Park failed to protect a 4-1 halftime advantage, the Falcons outscored the Seahawks 4-1 in the first 8:40 of the second half.
Severna Park goalie Brooke Shinaberry had to make just three saves as her defense of seniors Lily Jefferds, Kaitlin Hancock, Ashley Puckett and Christine West contained a South River offense that had averaged 15.7 goals a game.
"We worked as a team today," Puckett said. "We haven't all season, but we were talking out there and everyone helped out."
Senior midfielder Evelyn Long's two goals led the Seahawks (10-2, 9-2), who lost an opportunity to play in the program's first county final.
"We have to move onto the regionals," said a teary-eyed Kim McNemar, the South River coach. "As a team, we have to figure out some things."