Falcons soar on title course

Rout of South River leaves Severna Park as only boys lacrosse team unbeaten in county play

`we're getting better and better every game'



The county title picture in boys lacrosse is becoming clearer after No. 11 Severna Park routed South River, 14-2, Friday night to virtually clinch a berth in the May 9 county championship game at Chesapeake.

"We're a young team growing each game like I've been saying since the beginning of the season," said Severna Park's three-time All-County goalie, Mike Gvozden, one of 18 seniors on a team with 21 juniors and three sophomores.

"We're getting better and better every game. It's a great thing to be part of a team that grows and grows and finally comes together. We still have room for improvement. Keep our heads level and we're going to make a hard run in [the postseason] soon. "

Junior attackman Eric Lusby, who scored five goals and had one assist in the win, said the Falcons were out "to show everyone who the top team in Anne Arundel County is."

Jimmy Beardmore, the third-year Falcons coach, said his team soundly beat "a well-coached, undefeated team that has some serious players, and they had lost to us in sudden-death double overtime in the playoffs last year. It was a thing of beauty from every aspect of the game."

With the lopsided win, the defending county champion Falcons (7-0 in the league), who are seeking their fifth consecutive county championship and third under Beardmore, are the only unbeaten boys team in the league.

The Falcons have already defeated No. 13 Broadneck (9-1, 6-1), 9-6, on March 31, and while three of their four remaining games are on the road, they will be favored to win all of them.

Severna Park, which played at Old Mill (4-3, 6-4) last night, travels to Southern (5-5, 3-3) on Friday, is home Tuesday vs. Northeast (5-5, 3-4) and closes the regular season on May 5 at Annapolis (7-3, 6-1).

The last game with the Panthers won't be easy, but Annapolis could be out of the title hunt if it loses Friday at Broadneck.

Another key game pits South River (6-1 in league) at Broadneck on May 5. Severna Park would win any ties with Broadneck or South River by virtue of head-to-head competition.

Allen resigns

Julie Allen has resigned as Severna Park's volleyball coach after five seasons. Allen, an All-Metro performer and the county Player of the Year in 1995 at Severna Park before going on to become a record-setting hitter at UNC-Wilmington, led the Falcons to a 10-6 record last fall.

Allen, 28, has not ruled out coaching again.

"I just want to take a break after playing and coaching for the last 16 years," said Allen, who coached her sister, Ashlee, the past four seasons. Ashlee will play for Shepherd University this fall.

Julie Allen had a 70-20 (.778) record, leading the Falcons to Anne Arundel County championships in her first two seasons (2001 and 2002).

Allen's best season was her first, when she guided the Falcons to the Class 3A state final and a 20-1 record to finish as The Sun's No. 1 team. She was named All-Metro Coach of the Year.

Severna Park is accepting applications for the position.

Pulling the plug

Severna Park baseball public-address announcer Larry Sells will no longer be allowed to play music between hitters. County athletic directors voted 10-2 to end the practice during their monthly meeting April 12.

Sells, who is the volunteer Falcon Boosters president, said he can play music between innings only.

Quick hits

Broadneck's baseball team ended its three-game losing streak in a big way by reeling off five straight wins, including two on April 15, to win its own Lawrence E. Knight Tournament. Catcher Nick Espinosa leads the No. 10 Bruins in batting (.410), and Sean Rohrs and Joe Parreira have combined for 25 RBIs. ... Severna Park's Kaila Jenkins broke the county public schools career record for softball strikeouts (767 by 1989 Northeast graduate Jennifer Grinath) almost two weeks ago. The three-time All-Metro pitcher struck out the first Archbishop Spalding batter she faced to notch No. 768. Through Monday, she had 807 career strikeouts, including 165 this season. ... North County senior Pat Smith was the winning pitcher and went 3-for-4 in a 12-8 baseball victory over Southern last week, as the Knights (8-4) passed last season's win total of seven. ... Freshmen pitchers Heather Brown (5-0) of Northeast and Lauren Gibson (7-0) of Chesapeake are expected to clash in today's 4 p.m. county softball game at Chesapeake. ... The 8th David "Pop" Warner Memorial 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Downs Memorial Park is set for May 6 to honor the late Chesapeake and Northeast baseball coach. Proceeds go to a fund that sends children to summer baseball camps. For information, call 410-437-3981 or 410-207-9502. ... Tryouts are being held Sundays at Kinder Park for Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse players interested in playing under-13, under-15 or under-17 club ball for the AA Sports Club Aces. Severna Park coaches Jimmy and Buddy Beardmore, along with coaches from Annapolis and Archbishop Spalding, will run the teams. For information, call 410-544-2270 go to aasportsclub.com.


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