Broadneck surges past South River

Bruins control 2nd half, stop No. 4 for title, 13-6

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 12, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Less than 30 seconds into the second half of yesterday's Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse championship game at Aundel High, it was apparent that things were going to be much different from the first time Broadneck met up with South River late in the regular season.

In that span, Broadneck won the opening draw with Natasha Davis alertly pouncing on a ground ball, and soon after, Rachel Bruce used a nifty fake in front to shake a defender and then score.

Senior midfielder Allie Johnson took it from there, scoring four straight goals to finish with six and lead the No. 8 and defending Class 4A-3A state champion Bruins to a satisfying 13-6 win over No. 4 South River for their first county championship crown after reaching the game the past two seasons.

Last week, the Seahawks dominated the last 25 minutes in a 17-11 win that was tied at 9 at the half. So what was so different this time when the stakes were higher?

"The last time they just ran it up on us, so coming back we were pumped and so excited for this game. We knew that heart and motivation was going to win it," said Bruce, who finished with four goals.

Along with heart and motivation came more time with the ball for the Bruins that was put to good use.

Winning the majority of the draws - something Broadneck didn't do in the regular-season setback - led to big offensive performances from Bruce and Johnson. Bruce scored three of her goals in the first half to provide the Bruins with a 6-3 halftime cushion, and then Johnson kept things comfortable with the dominating second half.

The Bruins defense also got back quicker and goalie Megan Millhausen turned aside 10 South River shots.

"Really, there were a couple of things we focused on - mistakes we made the first game - that we made improvements on to totally turn it around. I'm really proud of them," said Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall.

The Seahawks, who got two goals each from Jen May and Frannie Sullivan, had a 3-2 lead before the Bruins got three straight goals from Bruce and then one from Johnson for a 6-3 lead at the break.

Unlike the regular-season win, the Seahawks had nothing go their way in the second half.

"It was possession," said South River coach Julie Norton. "Draw control and ground balls - they just came up with possession in the big situations and that made all the difference."

Following the game, South River received its team plaque for winning the regular season and then Broadneck was hoisting its championship game plaque soon after. Both teams know the chances are better than very good that they will see each other one more time in the region playoffs.

And both teams are confident.

"We wanted this really bad," said Johnson. "We knew it was important for us to set the tone going into the playoffs and we seem to be clicking right when we need to."

Said Norton: "They worked a little harder than we did and they're a good team and I'm not going to take that away from them. But I still think the better team proved itself last week and it will happen again."

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