The Severna Park girls lacrosse team beat Broadneck at its own game.
Stung by a Bruins second-half comeback that resulted in their only loss of the season, the No. 7 Falcons used a rally of their own to upend No. 6 Broadneck, 6-3, for the Anne Arundel County championship last night at South River High in Edgewater.
The victory gave Severna Park its fourth county title since 1997 and added momentum as the Falcons attempt to defend their Class 4A-3A state crown later this week.
"I think we proved to everybody that Severna Park is not stepping down from anything," said senior Kate Hickman.
The Falcons, who have captured the past two state championships and earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A-3A East Region, intensified their effort after the Bruins appeared to be on their way to another come-from-behind victory.
Trailing 2-0 after senior midfielder Laura Anderson scored her second goal 1:51 into the second half, Broadneck answered with three straight goals.
But it took Severna Park (11-1-1) just 67 seconds after Allie Johnson's tally for the Falcons to tie the score.
After Anderson misfired on an attempt, Hickman collected the loose ball and passed to Anderson in front for her third goal with 14:06 left. That sparked a three-goal barrage from Hickman at 12:22, sophomore midfielder Katie Pumphrey at 9:14 and Hickman again at 7:57. Broadneck fell to 11-3.
The comeback reminded some Falcons players of Broadneck's rally from a 4-1 deficit on April 23 en route to an 8-7 win.
"The first time, we didn't play to the best of our abilities," said senior defender Christine West. "But I don't think we were ever nervous today."