The South River boys lacrosse team showed an uncanny ability to turn it on when it counted most Friday at Arundel.
Down two goals to the host Wildcats early in the third quarter, the No. 15 Seahawks put on the clamps defensively and scored the game's last eight goals to come away with an impressive 13-7 win in Anne Arundel County play.
Senior Nick Pappas led the way offensively with four goals and an assist, freshman Ben Chisolm scored two pivotal goals to start the take-charge fourth quarter and coach Paul Noone couldn't stop praising the collective effort on defense that shut down the Wildcats for all but the first 24 seconds of the second half.
South River improves to 11-2 on the season and 9-1 in Anne Arundel, while Arundel (10-2) falls to 8-1 in league play.
"We got a quick lead [4-0] and then I guess we got a little overconfident after that and Arundel started stepping up and had their run," Pappas said. "So, we had to step it back up, and we showed some character."
The first half, which ended with the Wildcats leading 6-5, was a tale of two quarters. The Seahawks got the game's first four goals, with Thad Sonnefeld scoring on a man-advantage, to take a 4-0 lead with 3:19 left in the first quarter. But the home team's offense awoke, getting a goal from Michael Pucci.
Early in the second quarter, the Wildcats tied the game at 4 and went on to gain their first advantage when Colin Snyder scored in transition off a feed from Greg Korvin (five assists) 19 seconds before intermission for a 6-5 lead.
No. 7 Calvert Hall 11, No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 2: Carter Brown and Tommy Holland each scored twice as the host Cardinals (9-5) beat the Cavaliers (9-6).
Calvert Hall coach Brian Kelly said a faster tempo in the second half broke the 2-2 halftime tie and led to more Cardinal goals.
"We picked up the ground balls, and we played faster," he said. "We were playing better off the ball."
The Cardinals first goal came 30 seconds into the game when Calvert Hall goalie Greg Dutton went the length of the field and scored. He also assisted on the third goal and finished with 11 saves in the cage.
Cavaliers standout and Maryland-bound midfielder Brian Cooper got hurt in the second quarter and did not play the rest of the game.
Park 11, No. 14 John Carroll 10, 2OT: Brandon Keiser scored the game-winner with 2:24 left in double overtime as the host Bruins beat the Patriots (8-2).
Franklin 8, No. 9 Fallston 3: Andy Thompson hit a bases-clearing double in the third to rally the host Indians (9-5) as they upset the Cougars (12-3).
Kenwood 3, No. 12 Parkville 1: Left-hander Shane Campbell (5-0) gave up one run on five hits, walked three and struck out 10 as the visiting Bluebirds (12-3) beat the Knights (11-3).
Campbell went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs for Kenwood.
No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 2, Glen Burnie 0: Gabby Couture hit a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the host Cougars (12-1) over the Gophers.
Megan Hyson threw a complete game, three-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts.
No. 11 Franklin 9, Kenwood 0: Mary Sobota pitched a perfect game, striking out 12 for the host Indians (12-1). She also had a home run and two RBIs. Her sister, Tory, hit three singles.
River Hill 8, No. 13 Atholton 0: Denise George struck out 13, walked two and gave up three hits as the visiting Hawks defeated the Raiders (7-2).
Bel Air 10, Edgewood 0: Hope Schofield pitched a three-hit shutout for the visiting Bobcats.