Fourth-quarter `D' lifts No. 9 Falcons

Late adjustments work in win over key rival

Severna Park 9 Broadneck 6

boys lacrosse

High Schools


How much of a factor is emotion in the boys lacrosse rivalry between Severna Park and Broadneck?

"Emotion is such a big thing in this rivalry, you just never know what's going to happen," said Jimmy Beardmore, Severna Park's third-year coach. "In a big game like this, you just have to withstand their emotion, hopefully, and settle down."

The ninth-ranked Falcons got caught up in the emotion against the 12th-ranked Bruins for three frenetic quarters last night, during which the game was tied five times.

But trailing by a goal entering the fourth period, Beardmore gathered his team, sought the counsel of his father, Buddy, and assistants Jimmy Darris and Bobby Zichelli, and made defensive adjustments.

As a result, the Falcons defeated the Bruins, 9-6, by outscoring them 4-0 in the fourth quarter for an Anne Arundel County victory before a boisterous crowd of about 1,000 at Anne Arundel Community College.

Eric Lusby had three goals and an assist and Randy Waugh scored three times for the three-time county champion Falcons, who have reached three straight Class 4A-3A state title games, winning in 2004.

Shane Coughlin and Dan Burns each finished with a goal and an assist, and Frank Taglienti had two assists for the Falcons (3-0 overall, 3-0 league), who defeated Broadneck (3-1, 2-1) for the fourth straight time since last losing to the Bruins in 2004.

Logan Rausse (three goals, two assists), Brandon Rowe (two assists) and Christopher Norman (one goal, one assist) paced the Bruins.

"We were able to get in tight on the crease all night with what we were working," said Bruins coach Clay White, whose junior goalie, Pat Simpson, matched Falcons All-Metro pick Mike Gvozden with 16 saves.

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