In the past two weeks, the No. 8 Severn boys lacrosse team has stayed right with Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference powerhouses Calvert Hall and Boys' Latin -- falling to the No. 1 Cardinals in overtime, 5-4, and also losing to the No. 3 Lakers by one measly goal.
Just how tough and deep is the conference?
Despite being that close to the top, Severn is in a desperate battle just to make their way into the upcoming playoffs. The top six teams in the 10-team league qualify for the postseason and the Admirals (14-5 overall, 3-4 in the league) are tied with rival St. Mary's (9-6, 3-4) for the final spot. The Admirals, coming off an 11-6 loss to Loyola on Tuesday, host the Saints at 8 p.m. Saturday with the regular season closing out on Tuesday. Always a meaningful game due to the game's longstanding tradition in Anne Arundel, the game has that much more significance this time around with much more at stake.
"We're going to have to beat St. Mary's. That's a rivalry game. That's just going to be a wild game altogether," Severn coach Brian Wood said.
On Tuesday, Severn closes out its season at Gilman, while St. Mary's travels to Spalding.
With the two games remaining in the regular season, Calvert Hall (12-2) leads the league with a 6-1 mark. Loyola (13-3), Boys' Latin (12-5) and Gilman (9-3) are all 5-2 with McDonogh (8-6) holding down fifth place at 4-3. Mount St. Joseph (12-6) and Spalding (6-8) are behind Severn and St. Mary's with 2-5 marks with St. Paul's 0-7 in league play.