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Severna Park pounds South River in semifinals, 13-2 Girls lacrosse


One week didn't make a difference.

Top-seed Severna Park followed its 10-goal rout of South River last Friday by defeating the fourth-seed and visiting Seahawks, 13-2, yesterday in the Class 4A-3A, Region IV girls lacrosse semifinals.

The Falcons (13-0), ranked No. 3 in the metro area, will face second-seeded Annapolis in Tuesday's final. Severna Park defeated the fifth-ranked Panthers, 7-4, on Monday.

Junior Erin Wylde had three goals and one assist for the Falcons, winners of the past six 4A-3A state championships. Liz Wilson, Shelly Seivert and Lizzy Warfield each scored twice.

Jaime Pyle and Chrissy Burke each had one goal for South River (8-5), and junior keeper Amy Davis made 22 saves.

"We were hoping that maybe we could spring an upset, but you have to be realistic," said Seahawks coach Paula Tobin. "We're a small [3A] school up against the jolly giants."

The score was tied once, 1-1, when Severna Park ran off the last five goals of the first half. Wylde put the Falcons ahead for good at 3:49, and after Severna Park keeper Brandee Snyder stopped a free-position shot from South River's Jen Ingram, Wilson scored at 13:43.

Wylde flipped a pass to Tressa Campbell, who scored Severna Park's fourth goal at 18:25. Seivert then scored twice in a span of 36 seconds.

Stephanie Roberts nearly increased the lead to 7-1, but her shot late in the half struck the top post.

It didn't matter. With Snyder making eight saves and Severna Park's defense frequently stripping the ball from South River near the goal, the first-half scoring was enough.

The Falcons had the game in such control that coach Carin Peterson didn't use All-Anne Arundel County defender Erin McNeally, who has a pulled thigh muscle. McNeally was available if needed, but her replacement, senior Katie Kuch, held South River sophomore attacker Meagan Riley scoreless.

Riley scored twice in a 16-6 loss to Severna Park last Friday.

"Erin can play, but she needs a rest," Peterson said. "A lot of my kids are tired. Hopefully, this weekend they'll have a nice long rest."

Five different Severna Park players scored in the second half, and the hosts finished with a 41-14 advantage in shots. If the Falcons were overconfident after beating South River so easily the first time, it didn't show.

"I reminded my girls before the game of how well [South River] played Annapolis and Broadneck this year," Peterson said. "They're an up and coming team. They have some nice players."

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