Sev. Park rolls to 4A-3A final

Defending state champs rout Westminster

Glenelg edges Urbana

Boys lacrosse

May 20, 2007|By Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield | Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Defending Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park jumped out early and often with its robust offense to rout Westminster, 15-5, in the state semifinals yesterday at Annapolis High.

Senior attackmen Colby Rhodes (five goals, two assists) and Eric Lusby (four goals, three assists) led the Falcons (17-2).

Lusby delivered the first goal on an assist by Rhodes just 17 seconds into the game, and five other Falcons scored.

No. 10 Severna Park took a 9-0 lead into the half and coasted into the state final to be played Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. Severna Park will take on Thomas S. Wootton of Montgomery County, a 9-7 winner over No. 11 Dulaney on Friday night, in the final.

Severna Park defeated Dulaney, 7-4, in last year's final after losing to the Lions, 14-13, in 2005.

For a while yesterday, it appeared Westminster (12-6) would not score against the Falcons defense, led by Kevin Zichelli.

But after Lusby made it 10-0 for Severna Park in the first three minutes of the third quarter, James Dougherty (two goals) assisted Ryan Rayner on the Owls' first goal.

"We take a lot of pride in what we do," said Zichelli, a senior defenseman. "We know our offense gets a lot of credit because they are a powerhouse. But they tell us after games how great we played and we appreciate that."

Zichelli and fellow seniors Porter Johnson, Max Klein and Mark Hepburn are the key defenders.

Glenelg 7, Urbana 6 --Regular-season losses to No. 15 Winters Mill and Howard County rivals River Hill and Centennial "had people thinking that we didn't have what it takes," Glenelg midfielder Ryan Dougherty said.

Yet with yesterday's 7-6 Class 3A-2A state semifinal victory over Urbana (9-5) of Frederick County, the Gladiators (14-3) continued to show they do.

Dougherty scored four goals and assisted on a fifth, John Derwent and Chris Gotschall each added two assists, and a defense anchored by Jon Selfridge (eight saves), Nick Lawson and Mike McCabe limited the Hawks' top scorers, Brendan Oster and Kalen Roundy, to a combined two points.

The Gladiators earned a state title berth against Fallston (18-1) of Harford County at UMBC on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Gladiators, who defeated River Hill and Centennial to win the South region crown, led 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter. The Hawks scored three unanswered goals but could not get the game-tying goal.

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