Bruins girls lacrosse moves on

County champ Broadneck hopes to break `curse' at regionals

Arundel baseball players wait to get trophies

Notebook

May 17, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

With one landmark victory behind it, the Broadneck girls lacrosse team now is looking for another.

The Bruins' 9-8 win over Severna Park last week gave them their second county title in the past three seasons and marked the first time they had defeated the Falcons in the county final.

In winning six county titles since the final began in 1996, the Falcons defeated Broadneck in three of them, including last season's 10-9 win.

After knocking off Broadneck in the 2005 county final, the Falcons stumbled in the Class 4A-3A regionals and repeated what has become a trend among county girls lacrosse teams.

"We've said throughout the season that it's time for the Anne Arundel County curse to be broken," Broadneck senior midfielder Ali Flury said. "Someone needs to win counties, regions and states. It hasn't happened. Whoever wins counties, loses region. So, we want to turn that around this year."

Said Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall: "We expect to see [Severna Park] again [in the regionals] and it's going to be tough. Getting out of the county is going to be the hardest part."

Absent trophies

The Arundel baseball team lined up on the field at Joe Cannon Stadium on Friday night to accept their trophies moments after winning the county championship.

But the trophies were with athletic administrator Marlene Kelly, who was spending the weekend in North Carolina.

"The weather got us on that one," Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter said. "Everything was set up for [Thursday] and when the bad weather came in, we had to postpone everything to [Friday]. And there were so many things going on, lacrosse, boys and girls, softball, and it just got hectic. ... It was a detail that got missed. We'll give the trophies out to our team next week. They'll be fine."

Looking ahead

Severna Park boys lacrosse coach Jim Beardmore has never been a conventional coach. That's why it wasn't all that surprising that he decided the county championship game would be a good time to experiment on his faceoffs.

After going 11-0 through the county regular season, Beardmore changed his faceoff man, senior Dan Burns, for the county final against South River last week. Burns had been outstanding all season, but Beardmore started junior Chris Hunt on faceoffs.

Hunt faced off a few times against Annapolis in an 11-8 win the week before, but had not played the position since pee-wee lacrosse.

"Burns usually does the faceoffs, but we've got to have a man ready in case he goes down," said Hunt, who won four of seven faceoffs while scoring three goals and three assists in the Falcons' 12-2 rout of South River for their fifth straight county title. "Next year we're going to need somebody to play there. So, Coach is starting to see what people can do in there and trying to rotate. "

Beardmore is in his third year as head coach and has led the Falcons to three county titles, as well as a state crown in his first season. He is looking to return to the Class 4A-3A state final a third straight season.

Quick hits

The Severna Park boys lacrosse team lost starting senior midfielder Courtland Fudge for the rest of the season after he suffered a separated shoulder in the county championship game. He took a hard but clean hit after scoring a second period goal. ... Towson University-bound Nikki Marcinik had eight goals and two assists in Southern's 19-9 romp over Kent County in the Class 2A-1A East girls lacrosse playoffs. ... Arundel baseball player Corey Overholtzer has a county single-season record six triples. ... The baseball and softball regional finals are scheduled for Friday at the highest seed.

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