Falcons cap perfect season vs. Wootton

Severna Park finishes year 20-0 with 13-7 win over Patriots

May 27, 2010|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Delays in earlier games forced seventh-ranked Severna Park to wait nearly an extra hour Wednesday night to begin the quest for its latest state boys lacrosse title against Wootton.

Once play began, however, the Falcons wasted little time putting an exclamation point on their first perfect season. Severna Park scored on eight of its first 10 shots, building a commanding early lead before surviving a late rally in a 13-7 win over their outmanned Rockville opponent in the Class 4A-3A state title game at UMBC.

"I've been part of lacrosse for a long time as a player and as a coach, and I've never been on a perfect team," Severna Park coach Larry Kramer said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The championship was the fifth overall and first since 2007 for Severna Park (20-0), with the perennial Anne Arundel power never getting so much as tested in its five playoff victories, outscoring opponents by a combined 63-27.

Midfielder Scotty Steele led the way this time with three goals, while Zorn, MacBride, Ryan Norton and David Campbell added two each. MacBride also chipped in with four assists.

Wootton (13-4), which survived with an 11-10 win over C. Milton Wright in the semifinals, was bidding to become the first Montgomery County team to claim a state title.

The two teams were well acquainted with one another, after the Falcons topped the Patriots, 11-2, in March. This game had a similar feel from the outset.

Severna Park jumped on top early by scoring on each of its first two shots -- solo efforts by Adam MacBride and Kyle Zorn. Wootton, meanwhile, had a less efficient start, misfiring on its first four shots, then having a goal disallowed for a crease violation.

After the first nine minutes, the Falcons had connected on five of their first six shots, building a 5-1 lead, which they extended to 9-2 by halftime.

"We wanted to get into our offense early, get the ball moving and take what they gave us," Kramer said.

Said Wootton midfielder Tim Lenardo: "We came out slow, and that kills your momentum in a game like this. It's crucial."

Down by eight early in the second half, Wootton rallied to scored five straight goals, pulling to within three with 10 minutes to play. Attackman Jeff Zifony led the Patriots with two goals.

With the Patriots threatening, however, Severna Park noticeably picked up its intensity on defense, then put the game away with consecutive goals by Norton, MacBride and Steele in a span of just over four minutes.

The win was a satisfying conclusion to a season that started with great optimism.

"We thought we had enough talent and enough athletes to where we could make it a pretty special season," MacBride said. "I think we did that."

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