Senior attackmen lead Severna Park to another crown

`Best' trio combines for 10 goals, 3 assists

No. 10 Severna Park 15 Wootton 6

Boys lacrosse Class 4A-3A

May 24, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

While coach Larry Kramer called Severna Park's senior attack of Eric Lusby, Colby Rhodes and Randy Waugh "the best I've ever coached," a rival called the trio "the best I've ever seen" out of the Falcons.

Their talents were on full display in last night's 15-6 rout of Wootton (18-1), in which they combined for 10 goals and three assists to earn the program's second consecutive Class 4A-3A state title and its fourth overall, including crowns in 1999 and 2004.

Tied at 3-3 at 10:25 of the second quarter, the 10th-ranked Falcons (18-2) scored 12 of the next 13 goals and went up, 6-3, at halftime and 12-4, after three quarters, then 15-4.

"We just keep pushing into you, looking back to each other," said Rhodes, who is considering North Carolina, where midfielder Chris Hunt (one goal, one assist), is headed. "Everyone knows where the other guy is going to be. Once we get going, it's hard to stop."

Rhodes had three goals and two assists, Lusby scored four times, and Waugh had three goals and one assist for the Falcons, who were in their eighth title game in the past nine seasons.

Sophomore faceoff midfielder Simon Ruppert lost six of the first seven draws, but won 11 of the next 13. He won three straight to key the Falcons' three-goal run for the halftime advantage.

Sam Jones, Shane DeWind and Ruppert each had a goal and an assist.

"We can all dodge, we can all shoot with both hands, and we can all finish," said the Loyola College-bound Lusby, whose 67 goals and 28 assists rank ahead of Rhodes (55, 31). "And we know that if we're getting doubled, we can always roll to another guy for a backup."

The loss overshadowed excellent efforts by Wootton's keeper Steve Silverberg (18 saves) and midfielder Jon Yates (three goals). Silverberg made 10 of his saves in the first half. Yates' second goal made it 3-3, and his third brought his team within 6-4 at 9:25 of the third quarter.

"I'm very lucky to be out on the field and to be a part of this team," said Waugh, who has 22 goals and nine assists in nine games after missing most of the year while recovering from a coma suffered during a preseason skateboarding accident. "If I'd have missed the season, I'd have been really hurt. Lacrosse means everything to me, and this season, it means everything. It's all worked out. It's all good."

The game was a rematch of last year's 13-7 semifinal win over Wootton, which became the first Montgomery County team to reach the public school state finals in that district's 10-year history. The Patriots earned their title-game berth with a 9-7 semifinal win over Dulaney of Baltimore County, a winner of a state-high five championships.

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