Young Bruins not baby bears in besting Annapolis, 12-8

5 goals from sophomores help Broadneck top No. 11

Boys lacrosse

High School

April 29, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At the season's outset, it appeared youthful Broadneck might be a team of the future. But in last night's come-from-behind 12-8 victory at 11th-ranked Annapolis, the Bruins showed their future might be now.

Sophomores Josh Peck and Shaun Sumerville combined for five goals and juniors Brandt Sherman, Kyle Bloomfield and Beau Davis also were among nine scorers with all but Beau Nickerson being a non-senior.

The Anne Arundel League victory, which featured six ties and four early lead changes, gave 15th-ranked Broadneck (8-3, 8-1) the inside track toward a berth in next Tuesday's county championship game against 10th-ranked, defending champ Severna Park (11-0, 8-0) at Annapolis.

"I think [Broadneck coach Clay White] scouted us pretty well, and we didn't get to practice much and run through how we wanted to change things," said second-year coach Joe Keenan, whose Panthers (7-2, 7-2) got two goals each from Patrick Cook-Deegan, Brian Vetter and Gavin Frank.

Broadneck was 0-for-5 against Annapolis' man-down defense, and Matthew Vetter limited Bruins playmaker Davis to one goal, but Sherman took Davis' place, with four assists.

"Beau's had four or five big games, so it's smart to shut him off, but we have a lot of good, young players," Sherman said. "I was able to go high post a lot, go to the goal, see where the defenders slid and hit the open man."

Down 2-0 after one period and tied 5-5 at the half, Broadneck took a 9-7 lead after scoring four times on seven third-period shots. After Sherman fed Sumerville for a 7-6 lead that began a 3-0 run, the Bruins never trailed again. In the fourth quarter, the Bruins scored three times on six shots.

"Tonight, Coach White let us push the ball up for a lot of fastbreak goals," said Peck, whose three goals were assisted by Sherman. "Brandt went behind the goal and did his thing."

That third-period run, which gave Broadneck a 9-6 lead, came after Broadneck's defense had withstood a two-minute, man-down situation anchored by junior goalkeeper Jake Boulay (17 saves), senior Bob Sise and juniors C.G. Scott and Mark Phelan.

"Annapolis did a great job shutting down our extra-man offense," said White, whose Bruins have lost three games by a combined four goals. "But Brandt orchestrated our offense and we had mismatches all over the field with our middies."

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