Severna Park ends Dulaney's run on Hunt's goal in second OT, 10-9

Four-year title streak over

Pikesville, Towson gain

Boys lacrosse state semifinals

High Schools

May 23, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Matchups between Dulaney and Severna Park have produced some classic postseason lacrosse over the past three years.

Yesterday at Annapolis, Ben Hunt added an exclamation point to another suspenseful meeting as he scored with 2:26 left in the second overtime to lift No. 13 Severna Park to a 10-9 victory over No. 9 Dulaney in the Class 4A-3A state semifinals.

Hunt's goal from up top ended Dulaney's four-year streak of state titles and record run of 56 victories over public schools. It also ended the Lions' recent string of playoff successes against Severna Park. The teams met in the state final the previous two seasons, with Dulaney (16-3) prevailing, 13-12, in 2003 and by 16-15 in double overtime in 2002.

"Drew [Mueller] got the ground ball and came down and they slid to him, leaving me wide-open on the top right," Hunt said. "I tried to hit the top right and did. It's the best moment of my high school career."

Before Dulaney's four-year reign, Anne Arundel County teams had won eight consecutive titles, with Severna Park the last to take the championship, in 1999. The Falcons (15-4) advanced to play tomorrow's Westminster-Walter Johnson winner on Wednesday at UMBC for the state crown.

It will be Severna Park's fifth final in the past six years.

Yesterday, Hunt and Andrew Lusby, who had three goals and an assist for the Falcons, were able to overcome seven goals by junior Ryan Hoff of the Lions.

Hoff's seventh goal gave Dulaney an 8-7 lead with 4:12 left in the third period. Falcons coach Jim Beardmore then put Sean Kostkowski strictly on Hoff and the junior defender stuck to him the rest of the way.

"Hoff can't be shut out, and their goalie made some saves I couldn't believe," said Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber, whose Lions are 73-2 against public schools in the past five years.

2A-1A

Pikesville 11, Parkside 10: Mitchell Rosensweig's offensive work put the Panthers ahead in the final minute and Justin Steinfelder's defense sealed the win.

In a one-on-one matchup with Parkside's best player, Kylor Berkman, Steinfelder stripped Berkman of the ball near the goal with four seconds left to secure Pikesville's ninth straight victory and a berth in the 2A-1A state final.

In a back-and-forth game at Southern of Anne Arundel County, Rosensweig pulled Pikesville (15-3) even for the fourth time at 10 with 3:20 left. He scored his third goal on a similar play to provide the one-goal margin with 27 seconds left.

That left it to Steinfelder's defensive play, which touched off a wild celebration by his teammates.

"I take one-on-ones personally. I knew I'd take the ball from him," the senior Steinfelder said of Berkman. "And I did."

Alex Shapiro contributed five goals and an assist and Micah Pine added two goals and an assist for the Panthers, who will face Glenelg (15-1) for the title Tuesday at UMBC. Parkside's season ended at 15-3. Pikesville last won the state championship in Steinfelder's freshman season, 2001.

3A-2A

No. 14 Towson 15, Northeast 4: Richie Ford had seven goals and one assist to lead the Generals (15-1) past the Eagles (6-12) in a 3A-2A state semifinal at Urbana High in Ijamsville.

Towson will meet Centennial in the state final at 8 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC. This will be the Generals' first state title appearance since they lost in the 1999 final.

Ford sparked a Towson offense that had little trouble with an overmatched Northeast team. He had five goals and an assist as the Generals rolled to an 11-2 halftime lead, showing he's back in form after missing a few games earlier in the season with a bruised lung.

Colin Cook had three of his four assists on Ford's goals and repeatedly made slick passes to him.

"It was just there for me today," Ford said. "Cook just kept finding me."

Tim Skeen also helped with three goals and three assists for a Towson team that had eight players record points. Dan Decker contributed to the Generals' domination by winning 19 of 23 faceoffs, helping Towson keep the ball for unusually long stretches. Northeast couldn't get possession until 4:58 into the game - with Towson already holding a 5-0 lead.

Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield and Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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