It took more than three quarters for the Severna Park boys lacrosse team to completely solve Glenelg's stingy defense, and a little improvisation from senior attackman Adam MacBride in the second overtime was required for the No. 9 Falcons to pull through in last night's District V championship game.
After Severna Park's standout senior defender Connor Hunt had a clean takeaway at the defensive end and followed with a long run up the field, he found MacBride on the right side for the goal that gave the Falcons a thrilling 8-7 double-overtime win against No. 11 Glenelg in Severna Park.
Glenelg goalie Alex Taylor "is amazing. I knew that he was saving everything. I just wanted to change the plan of my shot -- go from high to low -- stick it in that bottom corner and luckily it did, so it all worked out," MacBride said.
In improving to 15-0 on the season and capturing their first District V title in the game's second year of existence, the Falcons had to overcome two Glenelg fourth-quarter leads to claim the championship.
Trailing 5-2 going into the final quarter, they got two straight goals from Kyle Zorn and then a tying goal from David Campbell with 4:46 left in regulation.
The Gladiators (13-2) were quick to respond, however, with Scott Wheeler giving them the lead back 21 seconds later and Brendan Conway making it 7-5 with 2:24 left.
But Severna Park's Gus Ratfliff picked up the ensuing faceoff and scored nine seconds later, and then Campbell scored his third goal of the game with 46 seconds left to send the game into overtme.
Both Taylor and Severna Park senior goalie Steven Lusby (11 saves) turned back overtime shots before MacBride ended it with 1:35 left in the second overtime period.
"One of the reasons you want to be in this game is to help prepare for the playoffs. Glenelg is a state-title-caliber team and we want to play at that level. We showed some good heart, determination and some focus to come back in this game," Severna Park coach Larry Kramer said.
In addition to Taylor's impressive effort in goal, the Gladiators got two goals and two assists from Zach Wynne and three goals from Scott Wheeler.
Severna Park "is one of the best teams if not the best in the state and we stayed toe to toe with them," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. "We just let them back in the game in the fourth quarter and it came back to burn us. You can't keep giving a team like that chances and that's what it came down to. I'm extremely happy with our effort, but I'm not happy with the outcome. We were there, and we just let it slip through our hands."