Severna Park follows script in 11-7 victory

Falcons' 3rd-period work hands Broadneck 1st loss, wins third straight title

Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 12, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

0Winning lacrosse games is a simple matter, in the opinion of Severna Park boys coach Jim Beardmore, a former All-American goalkeeper at the University of Maryland.

"The most important parts of any game is controlling the first four minutes of the first quarter and the first four minutes of the third quarter," said Beardmore.

Beardmore's 14th-ranked Falcons did just that last night in winning their third consecutive (fourth overall) Anne Arundel County championship, beating No. 10 Broadneck, 11-7, at Arundel High.

In so doing, the Falcons (11-4) dealt the Bruins (14-1) their first loss of the season and avenged a regular-season loss to them.

Broadneck, which won the county title in 1996 and 2001, was attemp- ting to tie the Falcons for most wins in the county final since the game began in 1996.

Beardmore became the third different coach to lead the Falcons to the county crown. Mike Bellotte, who guided Severna Park to its first title in 1998, also did it in 2002, followed by Brien McMurray last spring.

Severna Park got two goals from Andrew Lusby, who led the victors with four goals and two assists, and Frank Taglienti in the first four minutes.

The Falcons had a 6-2 lead with 7:11 left in the half, but the Bruins rallied to tie it at 6 at intermission. Beau Davis, who had a game-high five goals for the Bruins, scored four straight.

What followed was the most crucial part of the game, as the Falcons played a near-perfect third period.

Severna Park scored three unanswered goals to go up 9-6. And, in what Broadneck coach Clay White called "an old-fashioned butt-kicking," the Falcons' defense - led by Tommy Zichelli, Sean Kostkowski, Drew Mueller and Mike Rossbach - did not allow the Bruins to take a shot.

The Falcons, who outshot the Bruins, 41-27, in the game, had a 13-0 advantage in shots for the third period.

"I didn't have to make a save because our defense played so well," said Severna Park's sophomore goalie, Mike Gvozden, who was All-County last year and who had 13 saves last night."

Goals by juniors Davy Jo Ruppert and Ben Hunt in the first four minutes of the second half made it 8-6 Falcons. Then, Hunt, who had three goals and an assist in the game, made it 9-6 with 5:47 left in the third.

"We were rushing too much in the second period, but in the third we worked it around, controlled it and took time off the clock and tired their defense out," said Hunt.

Hunt's final goal of the night made it 10-6 with just under eight minutes remaining.

"We were more confident than the first game we played them," said Lusby.

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