Annapolis rolls to 16-5 win in semis

Vetter's six points send Panthers by Seneca Valley to championship game

Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse

May 19, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Annapolis junior attackman Brian Vetter has a running rivalry with classmate Kelsey Mays, who plays the same position for the Panthers' girls lacrosse team.

"We live five houses apart. We've played lacrosse together since we were 2," said Vetter, who has considered Mays his best friend since the two were in diapers. "If she gets so many goals, I'm going to try to match it."

Vetter had four goals and two assists for a game-high six points in last night's 16-5 Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse state semifinal win over visiting Seneca Valley of Montgomery County. But afterward, he discovered Mays had nine points in an earlier win over Paint Branch, part of the boys and girls lacrosse doubleheader.

"She's an awesome player. She got me tonight," Vetter said. "But we're both going to the state championship."

Vetter got support from Luke Mays (four goals, one assist), Rayland Baxter (two, three). Lemuel Charles Morschell and Matt O'Neil each added two goals and an assist as the Panthers (12-6) won their seventh straight to reach their third state title game.

The Panthers, winners of two state titles, will play five-time champion Mount Hebron 4 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC.

Seneca Valley converted only two of 10 extra-man opportunities against a defense of O'Neil, Danny Juaregui, Nick Baker, Justin Berdeguez, Pat Cook-Degan and keeper Zach Krisshoff (14 saves).

Under first-year coach Joe Keenan, Annapolis lost its first four games but has won 12 of its past 14.

"All we thought we were going to do this year was make it to the playoffs," Vetter said. "But our coach pushed us and told us we were good enough to do what we've done."

Keenan said he hid his nervousness from his players before the game.

"I try to exude confidence at all times, but I'm a new coach and sometimes that doesn't happen," he said. "But this is a completely different system, and the players just recently have begun to realize that when you play unselfishly, things happen for everyone."

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