Bruins Roll In Upset

Varsity Girls Lacrosse

No. 2 Severna Park Loses, 18-9, To No. 8 Broadneck

April 18, 2009|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Broadneck's Megan Eshleman was surprised at how quickly her girls lacrosse team got the jump on No. 2 Severna Park on Friday night, but she wasn't complaining.

The No. 8 Bruins scored five of the first six goals and extended the lead to 10-2 en route to an 18-9 upset of the Anne Arundel County rival Falcons, who had not lost in almost three years.

"We came off of last year losing in regionals [to the Falcons]," Eshleman said, "and we never wanted to feel that again, so we came out here with, I think, the most intensity we've had all season. We came out shooting and kept the momentum up."

The visiting Bruins, who were also the previous team to beat Severna Park - in the 2006 county championship - showed off a balanced offense with five players scoring the first five goals. Eshleman finished with five goals, and Chelsea Thompson and Paige Duncan had three each. Courtney Tomchik had two goals and four assists for Broadneck (7-1, 6-1 county).

Most of the Bruins' shots were high-percentage attempts, and they scored on 18 of their 22 shots on goal.

After the Falcons (7-1, 6-1), two-time defending Class 4A-3A state champions, rallied with consecutive goals by Kendyl Gardner, Kathleen Barranco and Kori Wilke to pull within 13-7, Bruins goalie Kasey Howard made back-to-back stops to thwart the momentum. The senior had 10 saves, including some terrific ones in the second half.

Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said the Bruins were "smarter, faster [and] wanted it more."

"You can't walk on the field against a Broadneck team and think you're going to stand there and beat them by doing nothing," she said. "They outclassed us in every aspect - midfield, defense and on the attack to the [goal]-keeping position."

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