With the ball in his stick in overtime of Monday's Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship, Arundel junior midfielder Aaron Snyder kept the plan simple.
The result was much more than that.
Snyder scored 50 seconds into extra play to give the No. 10 Wildcats a 7-6 win over No. 8 South River at Northeast High to capture the program's second county championship — its first since 1999.
South River came into the game as the defending county, region and Class 4A-3A state champions, with a 10-6 win over the Wildcats already in the books from the regular season. When the Seahawks got two goals from standout Ben Chisolm in the final 2 minutes, 59 seconds of regulation to tie the game at 6, it appeared the momentum was on their side and they would find a way to once again come out on top.
But the Wildcats, who led throughout the game, weren't deterred. Brett Malamphy won the overtime's opening faceoff, but Cameron Cetrone's shot sailed high. After a Seahawks turnover at midfield gave the Wildcats possession a second time, Snyder played the part of hero — driving to his right and finding time and space to unleash the game-winner.
"I just got it and went to the goal. I was thinking about just dodging and [passing it] but he overplayed me, so I just shot it and it went in. It feels amazing," Snyder said.
The Wildcats opened with the game's first three goals and got five saves from goalie Andrew Jones to take a 3-1 advantage at the break in a low-scoring first half. Tyler Young put away the only goal of a quiet first quarter, finishing off a chance with 5:05 left. While Snyder and Logan Fate were padding the lead with second-quarter goals, Jones turned aside every shot South River sent his way before Gunnar Schimolar was able to break through to cut the lead to 3-1 with 5:19 left before intermission.
The Seahawks would get within one goal on three occasions in the second half, only to see the Wildcats stay a step ahead. After Cetrone made it 6-4 with a goal with 4:25 to play, Chisolm went to work. He scored on a man-advantage with 2:59 to play and tied the game at 6 with 2:03 to play.
No. 10 South River 12, No. 12 Broadneck 9: Surrendering five straight goals and the lead early in the second half didn't sit well with the Seahawks against the rival Bruins.
So they regrouped and turned the frustration into positive energy that resulted in a 12-9 victory at Northeast High.
Jacquelyn Spalding provided three goals and two assists, Madison Carter added three goals and goalie Elizabeth Duswalt made eight saves as the Seahawks (13-2) won their second straight county championship.
After Broadneck's Kendall Lupinek gave the Bruins (12-3) an 8-7 lead with 20:43 to play, the Seahawks answered with smart play and quality finishes to regain control. The response to adversity is something South River coach Kim McNemar has seen plenty of from her Seahawks this season.
"When they get angry, they feed off of it and actually play off that. We played smarter, played off that energy well and it just came down to us digging deep," she said.
The Seahawks closed with the game's final four goals. Spalding tied the game for the final time at 9 with 13:13 to play and after Alex Watson gave the Seahawks the lead for good at 10-9 with 9:29 to play, Carter provided the game's niftiest goal for a two-goal edge with 3:24 to play.
She cut across the crease, reached high to grab a pass from Kacie Longo and then backhanded a shot from the left side to score on a tough angle.
"It was a little frustrating [losing the lead early in the second half], but once we figured out what we were doing wrong, we got it together. We came back and it was like 'We're not losing this game,'" Carter said. "We learned we're a team that works really well together and if we get down and frustrated we can always pick it back up and succeed."
Trailing 3-1 early in the first half, the Seahawks scored six straight goals behind Spalding and Taylor Bresnahan. Spalding tied the game at 3 with her second goal of the half coming with 13:51 left, dished out the next two assists and then Bresnahan scored two straight goals to build a 7-3 lead with 2:03 left before the break.
The Bruins were able to get one goal back and end the Seahawks' string of goals when Zoe Earnest cut the lead to 7-4 with 1:41 left.
Aislinn Probst scored three goals to lead the Bruins, who got a fine 11-save performance from goalie Natalee Easthom.