It looked like a typical lacrosse game at the start yesterday. The Severna Park and Broadneck girls lacrosse teams took their usual 25 minutes to warm up.
There were also the typical five minutes for the captains to meet with the officials, about three more minutes to check sticks and team huddles that took another minute.
And then finally, the game halted by a two-hour thunderstorm Monday night was ready to resume, with the players positioned to complete the Class 4A-3A East region semifinal at Severna Park - all 12 seconds of it - when there was more rumbling from above.
At about 4:28 p.m. - after another required 30-minute wait for lightning- and thunder-free weather - the much-anticipated 12 seconds of lacrosse took place.
Severna Park senior Bridget Zingler got a shot off, Broadneck goalie Megan Millhausen got in the way and suddenly the No. 4 and defending state-champion Bruins (13-3) were celebrating a memorable, 11-10 win that sent them home to play South River today for the region title.
"All that for 12 seconds?" 7-year-old Bennett Johnson asked his older sister, Allie, who scored four goals and had two assists - on Monday - to lead the Bruins' attack.
"It was worth it, though, wasn't it?" she replied.
Ask Millhausen, who lost sleep knowing there was going to be one more shot for her to save. Or Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall, who went through all the different possible scenarios that 12 seconds could bring, but not wanting her players to do the same thing.
Or Johnson, who washed her uniform and had it hanging out a window to dry all day.
Yes, yes and yes.
"It was really bizarre. I never thought anything like this could happen," said Johnson. "I always think, we have a game and it's going to decide if we move on or if we end our season, but nothing like it being a two-day game."
South River, a 17-15 winner over Annapolis yesterday, found itself on the brink of being in the same position. The Seahawks had a 16-15 lead with 1:42 to play and got an insurance goal from Katie Lilly to advance.
Only in the playoffs are games interrupted late by storms, picked up and played to completion. So the same bus driver who endured the four-hour-plus marathon on Monday at Severna Park was back hauling the Bruins.
But two different referees took over to officiate the last 12 seconds yesterday.
In the regular season, if 80 percent of a game is complete, the teams wait through two 30-minute delays before the team with the lead is declared the winner.
Yesterday, Millhausen was ready for anything.
With the 12 seconds remaining, Sam Price had the ball behind the cage and to Milhausen's left. Zingler then took possession and worked her way around to the other side of the cage, got a slight advantage over Bruins defender Sonia Poerio and bounced a shot that grazed Millhausen and went wide.
"With 12 seconds, you know it comes down to one shot. It was scary. I got a decent look at it and it bounced off me and didn't go in, so I'm happy," Millhausen said.
Said Zingler: "We had a couple options, but you don't know what their defense is going to do. I knew I just had to keep going [to circle in front], get that shoulder in and get a shot off. We've been practicing it a lot and I felt confident, but it didn't work out."
On Monday, the No. 9 Falcons got goals 42 seconds apart from Lizzy Burke and Katie Pumphrey to cut the Bruins' lead to 11-10 with 2:05 left, making the final 12 seconds meaningful.
Those goals came after an otherwise dominating second half from the Bruins, who began winning draws, collecting ground balls and getting off pinpoint shots to turn a 6-3 halftime deficit into an 11-8 lead.
But the Falcons rallied as Burke finished off a chance from Price and Pumphrey scored on a fine individual effort to cut the lead to 11-10 before the storm hit.