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Admirals take command of challenge

japeters@capgaznews.com

This week's Public/Private Challenge proved to not be much of one for the Severn boys lacrosse team as it cruised past a pair of Anne Arundel County heavyweight public school squads this, including a commanding 12-4 victory against host Annapolis Thursday night.

After dispensing with Severna Park Tuesday, the Admirals opened up a 6-0 halftime lead behind five combined goals from Michael Lamon and Tyler Perreten. After a spirited four-goal rally by the Panthers, Lamon, Perreten and Doug Hill netted four straight goals to put the match away and move the Admirals to 7-1 on young season.

"Two great wins for us," said Lamon, who had six goals and three assists. "It all starts with the defense and our goalie, Steve Miller, played great. It was a total team effort. We have great chemistry and most of us have played together for a couple of years and Dylan Gergar, a sophomore, is stepping up huge and we're just filling our roles well."

Israel Melendez (two goals) gave the private schools a clean sweep of Thursday's two tournament games, as his one-on-one drive and goal with 2:26 left in the contest supplied Archbishop Spalding with a 7-6 victory against Severna Park (0-2) in the first game of the day. Melendez was able to beat his defender on a curl move to the goal.

"It was the last couple of minutes; I knew I had to step up for my team," Melendez said. "That defenseman, he was great all game. I think I got lucky on that last one. Last year, they beat us in overtime in the last couple of seconds so we wanted some revenge and even it up."

Luke Legnard guided the Cavaliers to a 3-2 halftime lead with a goal in each of the first two quarters. His third goal of the match with 49 seconds left in the third staked Spalding to a 6-5 advantage that was eventually equalized by Severna Park's Ethan Carr (two goals) with 5:04 remaining in the match on a running left-handed shot. Those back-to-back goals typified what was a back-and-forth contest from start to finish and that saw two goals apiece from Josh Coffman and Paul Ruppert for the Falcons.

"It was a great game," Spalding coach Brian Phipps said. "It's a good rivalry between the two schools. Our guys were definitely fired up for this game so it was fun to see them get the victory."

The Cavaliers held possession late following Melendez's goals and looked to run out the clock, but an illegal screen gave the ball back to Severna Park, which narrowly missed a goal with around 30 seconds remaining before eventually losing the ball with under 10 seconds left to seal Spalding's victory.

"It was unfortunate we turned it over down at the end, but our man-down defense has played really well over the last couple of games so we had faith in them," Phipps said.

Severn shook off a slow first quarter by both teams with four second quarter goals, including two from Lamon on a quick counterattack and on a nice feed from Perreten, who also scored a goal in the quarter off an assist from Lamon. Gergar capped the first half by sweeping in a rebound off a shot from Daniel Medcalf for the six-goal advantage.

"We were getting looks on the cage, but we weren't shooting the ball well," Annapolis coach Dustin McConnaughhay said. "Their goalie's making saves and they're shooting better than we were and then boom, boom, boom, and we get into a little bit of a hole there. Our offense has to pick it up. Our defense played very, very well, but as the progression of the game, they played so much defense, they were running out of gas. Severn's a good team."

Lamon and Perreten (three goals, two assists) added a goal apiece to start the second half. The Panthers rallied to within four goals on two scores apiece from Davis Hitt and Stephen Moheiser, but Hill turned the momentum back to Severn with a quick shot in transition with 6:39 left in the match. Lamon added two more goals and Hill had another one to forge the eight-goal victory.

Panthers goalkeeper Nolan Burnett-Milbourne stopped 11 shots in the losing effort.

Spalding (3-4)2131-7Severna Park (0-2)2031-6

GOALS: AS – Legnard 3, Melendez 2, McFarland, Husselbaugh; SP – Ruppert 2, Coffman 2, Carr 2. ASSISTS: AS – W. Sherwood, McFarland; SP – Zichelli, Spilker, Poulton, Bellotte. SAVES: AS – Brackett 5; SP – Casto 7. SHOTS: AS - 28; SP - 20. FACEOFFS: AS - 10; SP - 7. GROUND BALLS: AS - 24; SP - 17.

Severn (7-1)2424-12Annapolis (1-1)0031-4

GOALS: SE – Lamon 6, Perreten 3, Hill 2, Gergar; ANN – Moheiser 2, Hitt 2. ASSISTS: SE – Lamon 3, Perreten 2, Gergar, Hill, Medcalf; ANN – Mitchell, Hitt. SAVES: SE – Miller 7; ANN – Burnett-Milbourne 11. SHOTS: SE - 35; ANN - 26. FACEOFFS: SE - 15; ANN - 4. GROUND BALLS: SE - 28; ANN - 15.

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