The Class 4A-3A boys lacrosse championship between defending champion South River and Westminster was suspended Wednesday due to lightning at UMBC.
The game will resume at 6 p.m. Thursday with the Seahawks leading, 8-7, and 1 minute, 11 seconds left in the first half. The first sight of lightning came at 8:55 p.m. to prompt an automatic 30-minute delay. Just as the players returned to the field and play was expected to continue at 9:25 p.m., lightning was seen in the area, forcing the suspension.
Unlike the Seahawks' 10-8 come-from-behind win in last year's final, when the Owls jumped out to a 7-0 advantage, it was the Seahawks who started at a faster pace to take early control.
After Blake Ruby gave the Owls a 1-0 lead in the game's opening minute, the Seahawks answered with six straight goals — Matt Gaskins and C.J. Pendleton accounting for two each — for a 6-1 lead with 1:12 left in the first quarter.
Just like the Seahawks last year, the Owls weren't fazed by the early deficit as they methodically worked their way back in the game behind Ryan Drenner. The senior attackman, who came into the game with 66 goals and 60 assists, scored twice and assisted on two other second quarter goals to cut the Seahawks' lead to 8-7 with 2:04 left before the half.