There was a defending state champ on one side and a relatively young group on the other yesterday at Broadneck, but it was difficult determining which lacrosse team was which.
Visiting Severna Park, with only two starters back from last year's team, showed youthful energy and veteran smarts to upend the defending Class 3A state champ Bruins handily, 11-6.
Junior Katie Pumphrey finished with three goals and four assists and senior Cari West added three goals as the No. 6 Falcons remained undefeated at 9-0 and 6-0 in county play. After a 5-0 start, the No. 4 Bruins lost for the second straight time and are now 5-1 in the county.
"The three keys were draw control, ground balls and possession and we went in knowing exactly what we needed to do," Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said. "We did a nice job with possession. Really the only time we were giving it up was on a nice save."
Late first-half goals from Jenna Reich and Zara Nematollahi turned a one-goal advantage into a 6-3 halftime lead and the Falcons maintained the momentum throughout the second half. After Broadneck's Caroline Coe (three goals) cut the deficit to 6-4 early in the second half, the Falcons - quicker to the ball and particularly patient with the lead - got consecutive goals from Reich, Pumphrey and Bridget Zingler to build a 9-4 lead that stayed safe.
"It was a total team effort," Pumphrey said. "We really slowed it down and spread it out to take advantage. And when something was there, we took it."
The Bruins were coming off a 9-6 loss to No. 3 Roland Park in the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown on Monday and coach Karen Tengwall thought that experience would help them.
No. 8 Severna Park boys 10, Broadneck 9: The Falcons scored twice in the final 35 seconds to edge the host Bruins and remain unbeaten (9-0, 7-0) in both the Anne Arundel County league and overall.
Blake Best tied the game at 9-9 with 35 seconds on the clock and fellow senior Mitch Belisle scored the game winner with 17 seconds remaining.
Beau Davis had a game-high four goals in the first league loss for the Bruins (6-3, 6-1).