Falcons top Broadneck for county crown

Anne Arundel rivals play usual close one

No. 3 Severna Park 12 No. 7 Broadneck 8

Girls lacrosse

May 09, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

One thing's for sure in the Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse championship: When Severna Park and Broadneck play, it will be a nailbiter.

Before last night, the two had met in four of the past five title games. The biggest gap was three goals. The closest game went to double overtime. The other two were decided by one goal each.

Last night's game fit the usual mold to perfection.

In their 12-8 victory, the No. 3 Falcons came from behind early. The game was within three goals until the final 12 minutes, when Severna Park completed a five- goal run to pull ahead 11-5.

Julie Gardner scored five goals and Jaci Gassoway and Allison Berhinger added three each to lead the Falcons (15-0) to their seventh straight county title.

Kari-Ellen Johnson scored the first two goals for the No. 7 Bruins, but the Falcons controlled the ball much better later in the half. Their patience on offense helped the Falcons take their six-goal lead.

"They started off with the two quick goals and we were little frantic in the beginning," said Gardner. "Towards the middle and the end of the half, we started playing more Severna Park offensive lacrosse, which means settling, waiting for the opportunity to go instead of forcing it."

Broadneck (12-2) rallied in the final seven minutes with three of the last four goals, but the closest it could get was the final margin.

Both goalkeepers played exceptional games. The Bruins' Alyssa Cranska made seven saves, most of them at point-blank range. Severna Park's Jenna Wadsworth had nine, mostly tough, saves.

Johnson finished with four goals and Shannon Hanratty had two for the Bruins.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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