South River: 2 chances for lacrosse title


High Schools

May 05, 2002|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's time for the postseason, as boys and girls lacrosse start things off for the public schools on Tuesday with county championship games at South River.

Severna Park's No. 9 girls (10-1-1, 10-1) will play No. 8 Broadneck (11-2, 11-0) at 5:15 p.m. The No. 9 Falcons boys (10-4, 10-1) follow at 7:15 p.m. against South River (10-4, 9-2).

The Falcon girls have played in every county championship game since it started in 1996 and have won it three times. They kept the streak alive with a 12-3 romp over No. 11 South River (10-2, 9-2) on Friday.

The Bruins, which beat the Falcons in the regular season by 8-7, completed the regular season at 11-0 with a 14-6 win over Chesapeake (6-6) on Friday.

On the boys' side, Severna Park and South River provided a preview of their final. The Seahawks came into the Park Friday night needing a win over the Falcons to make the title game.

Sophomore Mike Rancourt pumped in the game-winning goal in overtime as South River took a 13-12 thriller. It was Rancourt's only score of the game and the Seahawks were led by Randy Sroka's four goals.

Already in the championship, Severna Park closed regulation with four goals in the last five minutes to tie the game at 12 on midfielder Mitch Bellisle's goal with 12 seconds left.

Greg Carroll, who is in his 25th season at South River, led the Seahawks to the county boys soccer championship in the fall at home and has the rare chance to win a second county title on the Seahawks' Joe Papetti Field in Edgewater.


The county championship is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, but the participants have yet to be determined.

If No. 2 Old Mill (15-4, 12-3) wins at home over Southern-AA (5-13, 4-11) tomorrow, and No. 3 Severna Park (13-5, 11-3) wins two (16-16 tie to be finished, then regular game) at South River (4-13, 4-11), Old Mill and Severna Park would be in the final with 13-3 records.

Many scenarios could still play out and nothing is predictable, especially considering that Meade (3-17, 1-14) stunned No. 7 Broadneck (13-6, 10-5) on Friday, 7-6. There still could be a three-way tie for first place, but the county's tiebreaker criteria is not clear on the procedure if three or more teams tie.

The five teams -- Old Mill, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, Arundel and Broadneck -- contending are not playing each other. Plus there is a remote chance of a four teams tying for second at 11-5.

Old Mill is the championship game no matter what. For there to be a four-way tie at second, the following must happen: Severna Park drops two at South River, Glen Burnie (12-7, 11-4) loses at North County, Arundel wins at Meade, and Broadneck beats host Chesapeake.

If there is a four-way tie for second and if the tiebreaker rules are interpreted as using the most overall wins to separate the four, Arundel and Broadneck would be 14-6 each; Severna Park and Glen Burnie would be eliminated at 13-7 and 12-8, respectively. A coin flip would separate Arundel and Broadneck, which split during the regular season.


Top-ranked Chesapeake (18-1, 15-0) likely will play the winner of tomorrow's game between No. 6 Glen Burnie (13-5, 11-4) and No. 5 North County (14-4, 10-4) at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the county championship at Randazzo Park in Severn.

The Cougars can record their first undefeated county season since 1993 by beating visiting Broadneck (11-7) tomorrow.


The state draws for boys and girls lacrosse will be held today while baseball and softball is set for tomorrow evening. ... No. 8 Westminster (12-2) will be the top seed in arguably the state's most competitive baseball region (five ranked teams), the Class 4A East. Tournament games do not count for the top four seeds and only games through Saturday are included. Old Mill (14-3) is the second seed. C. Milton Wright, No. 7 Broadneck and Glen Burnie are 12-5 each; a coin flip will decide the third and fourth seeds.

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