The drama of whether Severna Park would win its seventh consecutive 3A-4A state championship last night remained in doubt throughout the first half, but a strong second half lifted the No. 3 Falcons past 13th-ranked South Carroll, 14-6.
Senior Severna Park midfielder Stephanie Roberts scored with 4:52 left before halftime to put the top-seeded Falcons ahead for good, 5-4.
There were a few more tense moments, but not another South Carroll run.
Junior midfielder Erin Wylde had four goals and senior midfielder Amy Carnaggio scored three times.
Roberts and junior midfielder Colleen Gately each scored twice for top- seeded Severna Park (16-0). Senior midfielder Patty Duffy and junior midfielder Tracie DiDio each had two goals for third-seeded South Carroll (10-6), and sophomore keeper Erin Nauyalis made 13 saves.
The championship was coach Carin Peterson's fourth in four seasons, but for a while, it was questionable whether Severna Park would pull through. South Carroll took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, and pulled even at 4-4 with 5:13 left.
Roberts' goal, off a pass from Lizzy Warfield, broke the tie, and Gately scored on a free-position shot with 3:40 left.
Carnaggio scored late in the half,and South Carroll would get no closer than 9-5 with 17:53 left in the game, as the Falcons' overall skill took over.
Severna Park finished with a 40-16 advantage in shots.
"This year, we really had to work to stay on top," said Roberts, fighting back tears. "This is my favorite one because it's my senior year, and also because we went undefeated."
The loss ended a remarkable run by the Cavaliers, who were the first girls lacrosse team from Carroll County to reach the state tournament. They got there by winning six straight games, and nine of 11, before last night.
They wouldn't be kept out, even after losing two senior defenders for the year with knee injuries, and a third player for academic reasons.