Since it's an odd-numbered year, it must be Severn's turn to win the annual girls lacrosse showdown with neighborhood rival Severna Park.
Over the past six years, Severn has won in the odd-numbered years and the Falcons in the even ones. However, the Admirals' defense had more to do with their 11-6 win Thursday night at the Anne Arundel Community College Tournament than the date did.
In the battle for local bragging rights, the No. 12 Admirals (3-2) kept Severna Park's offense from sustaining any rhythm after the No. 8 Falcons rallied from two goals down to tie midway through the first half. After that, the Admirals scored four straight times, taking a 6-2 lead into halftime on Annie Igler's free-position goal.
Severna Park's Ryan Bathras cut the lead to 6-3 on a free-position goal four minutes into the second half, but the Admirals, who dominated draws in the second half, boosted the lead to 8-3 on goals from Regan Leavitt and Blair Coughlin 18 seconds apart.
After that, the Falcons (1-1) never closed the deficit within four goals of Severn.
The Falcons, who have won the past two Class 4A-3A state championships and five of the past six, were inconsisistent on both ends of the field. Only 11 saves from Severna Park goalie Rachel Vander Kolk kept the Falcons somewhat close.
Severn's constant pressure defense swarmed the Falcons every time they got the ball on the offensive end.
"Our man-to-man defense over the past two weeks has been incredible," Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos said. "They're so athletic. We don't do anything fancy. They can keep up with anybody, so you think you have them around the corner and then you don't. Individually, my defense is probably the most athletic I've ever had. Meredith, my goalkeeper, is having a great year, and you put those two things together and it lifts the team."
In the Anne Arundel County public vs. private school battle, the Admirals are two up on the public schools, having also beaten No. 9 Broadneck last week. Their two losses have come to Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference rivals No. 5 Bryn Mawr and No. 2 Maryvale.
Coughlin and Kelly Reese led the Admirals with two goals and an assist each, while Igler and Caroline Steele each scored twice. The Falcons got two goals from Eva Klaus.
Severna Park won, 11-9, last season, and Severn beat the Falcons, 13-12, in 2011. In their previous four meetings, the largest margin of victory had been three goals before Thursday's result.
No. 6 C. Milton Wright 13, Roland Park 9: Kaitlan Moynihan had three goals and five assists to lead the Mustangs (2-0) as they avenged last year's 11-9 loss to the Reds at the AACC Tournament.
The Reds (2-1) took an 8-7 lead on Jenna Janes' goal to open the second half, but the Mustangs pulled ahead for good on extra-man goals from Lauren Haggerty and Moynihan. Those two goals started a 6-1 run for C. Milton Wright to finish the game.
Abby Smucker and Maggie Gallagher scored three goals each for the Mustangs, while Francesca Whitehurst (four goals) and Cece Finney (three) led the Reds.
Goals: SEV—Steele 2, Reese 2, Coughlin 2, Igler 2, Whiteford, Steinberg, Leavitt; SP—Klaus 2, Lloyd, Bathras, Childress, Torggler. Assists: SEV—Whiteford, Reese, Coughlin; SP—Milliker. Saves: SEV—Brown 5; SP—Vander Kolk 11. Half: Sev, 6-2. Text TERPS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun Terps sports text alerts