Two to go. That's what was on the minds of No. 10-ranked Severna Park's players after they completed a triple last night at No. 14 South River in Edgewater.
Severna Park humbled the Seahawks for a second straight time on their field, this time by 16-7 to win the Class 4A-3A East region boys lacrosse title.
The Falcons (14-4) became the first county team to win the triple crown -- the county regular-season title, the county championship and the region title that advanced them to the state semifinals.
"Our goals have always been to win every regular-season game, to win the county championship, to win this game [region final] and to win two more after this," said Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte, who led the Falcons to their third region title in four straight years of reaching the region final.
Severna Park came out smoking, with senior attackmen Mike Osborne and Andy Ostrusky, who led the winners with four goals each, scoring three and two goals, respectively, in a 10-2 first half.
Tommy Williams chipped in two goals and two assists for the winners.
Randy Sroka and Chris Wolf had two goals each for South River.
"They totally deserved this game [last night]. They came to play," said South River's veteran coach, Greg Carroll. "That was the best I've seen them play all year. It was almost the best you can play."
Severna Park will now play the West region winner, and it will be announced today whether the Falcons will play tomorrow at Anne Arundel Community College or Saturday at Broadneck.
Just a week ago, the Falcons ripped the Seahawks (12-5) in the county championship game by 11-6. South River upset Severna Park, 13-12, in the final regular-season game to advance to the county final.
There is no question that that loss lit a fire under the Falcons.
"To say we were very upset to lose that last game in regular season would be an understatement," said coach Bellotte who last led the Falcons to the state title in 1999.
"They just out-hearted us that night, but when push came to shove, we could definitely tell who was the better team."
Bellotte talked about how proud he and his brother/assistant coach Brendan Bellotte were of the seniors on this team.
"This group of seniors, they've all been here in this regional final four years in a row," Bellotte said. "This is the hardest region in the state to win and that's quite an accomplishment for this group of seniors."
Annapolis 12, Leonardtown 8: Senior attackman Luke Mays had four goals and one assist to lead the visiting Panthers to victory in a 3A-2A East region final.
Annapolis (11-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, but Leonardtown (9-7) scored three straight goals to go ahead 3-2. After making some defensive adjustments, Annapolis jumped back in front, 4-3, late in the quarter and never relinquished the lead.