Severna Park beats South River, 13-5, in 4A-3A East final

Falcons get three goals, five assists from MacBride in reaching states

May 19, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The Severna Park boys lacrosse team came out for Wednesday's Class 4A-3A East regional title game against defending state champion South River crisp on attack and organized on defense.

The Falcons' early reward was five unanswered goals that stretched across the first quarter and half of the second. The cushion was steadily padded as Severna Park knocked off the Anne Arundel County rival Seahawks, 13-5.

No. 8 Severna Park, which got a three-goal, five-assist effort from senior attackman Adam MacBride, improves to 18-0 on the season and moves on to the state semifinals, where they will meet Thomas Johnson, the winner out of the North. The game is set for 8 p.m. Friday at Arundel.

The No. 14 Seahawks, who showed character in scoring four of the game's last five goals, ended their season with a 14-3 mark.

MacBride got the offense started for the Falcons when he took a feed from Scott Steele and went high from the left side for a 1-0 lead with 9:02 to play. Severna Park got goals from Connor Hunt and David Campbell and two straight from Ryan Norton -- his second coming with 5:37 left in the second quarter -- for a 5-0 lead.

"It was real key [to start fast]. We knew they were going to give us a hard battle," MacBride said. "We knew we needed to come out and play together. Together was the key. Almost all our goals were assisted, we had great possessions and our defense played awesome."

In building the lead, the Falcons were strong on ground balls and stayed tidy on defense with goalie Steven Lusby making three saves before the Seahawks scored their first goal, which came 18 minutes, 39 seconds into the game.

After finally getting a goal, the Seahawks gained possession and took four shots in a bid to further cut the lead. But each of the shots went high or wide as the Falcons took the four-goal lead at the break and added the first seven goals of the second half to stay in control.

The next stop for the Falcons is the state semifinals, with an eye on a championship.

"It gives me goose bumps because senior year, this is how you want to go out. You want to go out on top," MacBride said.

Goals: SR—Cooper 2, Pappas, LaPaglia 2; SP–MacBride 3, Hunt, Campbell 2, Norton 4, Zorn 2, Steele. Assists: SR—Rotolone, Cooper; SP—Steele 2, Norton, MacBride 5. Saves: SR— Willet 7, Sumpter 3; SP— Lusby 7. Half: SP, 5-1.

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