Severna Park advances

Falcons overcome four-goal deficit to top Bruins and reach semifinals

Severna Park 12 Broadneck 10

Girls lacrosse

High Schools


After watching her Severna Park girls lacrosse team relinquish a late lead to surrender the Anne Arundel County championship game to rival Broadneck last week, Falcons coach Carin Peterson called it a valuable lesson.

In yesterday's rematch against the No. 9 Bruins, with the Class 4A-3A East region the prize, the No. 10 Falcons proved good students.

Overcoming four unanswered goals from host Broadneck at the start, Severna Park made sure to have the final say with a dominating second half that featured precise finishing on attack and timely saves from senior goalie Kelsey Ferris, culminating in a 12-10 win that sends them to either tomorrow or Saturday's state semifinals.

Ferris finished with 12 saves - seven coming in the decisive second half - and senior Danielle Ensley led a balanced attack as the Falcons improved to 15-3 on the season and avenged last week's 9-8 setback.

"We came back from 4-0 and it came with heart - you have to keep your heart in it. All we did was believe in ourselves," Ensley said.

After spotting the Bruins the 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes - six early saves from Broadneck senior goalie Erica Webb (10 saves) largely contributing - Severna Park didn't get even until one minute into the second half when Julie Gardner scored on a free position.

Gardner scored her second of the game with 15:21 to play to tie the score at 8. It was the start of five unanswered goals from the Falcons, who built a comfortable 12-8 with continued possession and improved shot selection. It was exactly what Peterson ordered at the half.

"We were down against Annapolis [in the semifinals], down against these guys and really never, ever thought the game was over for one minute," Peterson said.

For the Bruins (15-3), who lost senior Jessie Heisterman midway through the second on a second yellow card, senior attack Ali Flury closed out a fine four-year career with three goals and an assist.

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