Three weeks ago, the Severn lacrosse team appeared to be going through the motions, waiting for the expected 1-2 finish of St. Paul's and Loyola in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I race.
Even though the Admirals are a senior-dominated team, they didn't figure to have the talent to match up with No. 1 St. Paul's and then No. 2 Loyola.
But the now-or-never message being preached by Severn coach Rob White suddenly has gotten through to the 15 seniors, and vTC they're making a charge to the finish line and a possible playoff berth.
"These seniors realize this is their last chance, and they're making the most of it now," said White.
Severn, winners of six of its past eight games, moved closer to the playoffs yesterday with an impressive, 13-7 win over the Dons at Loyola.
The victory moved No. 6 Severn into a tie with No. 4 Loyola (both 7-5) for second place in Division I behind St. Paul's (12-0) with one game left.
Severn can complete its playoff run if St. Paul's defeats Loyola Friday at St. Paul's and the Admirals beat Gilman at Gilman on Saturday.
The top two teams in Division I and Division II make the playoffs. Boys' Latin and Calvert Hall have clinched spots in Division II.
"From start to finish, this was the best game we've played this year," White said. "We played smart, patient and together. A lot of credit for our coming together on offense recently has to go to our assistant coach Michael Burnett who is our offensive coordinator."
Despite its recent slide, Loyola could have wrapped up second in Division I and a playoff spot with a win yesterday.
However, the Admirals marched methodically to an 11-4 lead midway through the third quarter and never were threatened by the Dons, who have lost four of their last five.
Senior attackman Jason Wade (four goals, one assist) and senior midfielder Milford Marchant (four goals) led Severn.