Severna Park has a new coach in Larry Kramer. The defending Class 4A-3A state champion has a new goalie in junior Andrew Gvozden. And it has a new attackman in Chris Rhodes, a San Diego transfer who is having an easier time adjusting to a higher level of lacrosse than to the fickle East Coast weather.
But along with senior attackman Chris Hunt, Gvozden and Rhodes have helped assure that the Falcons' winning ways remained unchanged.
Hunt scored three goals and assisted on another, Rhodes scored twice with one assist and Gvozden had 13 saves in the eighth-ranked Falcons' 11-9 Anne Arundel County League victory yesterday over visiting Broadneck (2-1, 2-1).
The effort by Hunt came before about 800 sun-baked fans. Despite 12 saves by opposing goalie Pat Simpson, the Falcons (3-0) defeated 11th-ranked Broadneck for the sixth straight time and won their 37th consecutive league game.
"No matter what the changes, every year's the same: We've got that big bull's-eye on our backs," said Hunt, a member of three state finalists, with championships coming last year and in 2004. "We want to get back to states again, but there [is] a lot riding on our shoulders."
Rhodes, Eric Lusby (two goals, one assist), Sam Jones (one, two) and Jed Barnes (two goals) also contributed for the Falcons, who have been to the state finals seven of the past eight years, winning three.
"This is generally a step up from what I'm used to. Chris and Eric are the two best attackmen I've ever played with. Everyone is fundamentally sound, everyone's about the game and everyone's good. That's the cool part," said Rhodes, his face drenched in sweat. "But the drastic change in weather is tough. One day here, it's freezing; the next, it's incredibly humid. This is the most humid game I've every played in, and I was dying out there."
Down 8-3 to start the third quarter, the Bruins scored four of the next five goals behind Bobby Jeter (four goals, one assist), Caleb Holt (three, one), Ryan Hoover (one, one) and Kyle Colleran (two assists) to come within 9-7 with 1:26 left in the period. But they appeared troubled by the Falcons' switch to a zone defense down the stretch and never came closer than the two-goal margin.