Two lacrosse teams that have struggled of late in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, handled two of Anne Arundel County's more formidable public school squads in last night's opening round of the Al Laramore Tournament at Anne Arundel Community College.
After watching from the stands as league rival Severn thumped No. 11 Broadneck, 13-3, in the tournament opener, fourth-ranked St. Mary's went out and posted an identical 13-3 win over No. 12 Annapolis in the nightcap.
The second round of the mixer will take place Monday at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis and it pits St. Mary's against Broadneck and Severn against Annapolis.
"[Broadneck] isn't anything like Gilman or Loyola, but they're a very good team and they're well-coached," said Severn coach Mike Burnett. "Our kids just moved the ball well tonight and we got off to a good start."
Alex Rouse, Peter Janney and Josh Sims each scored three goals for the Admirals and Ethan Feldman and Ben Marchant rounded out the scoring with two apiece.
Unranked Severn, which entered the tournament with a 2-5 record, scored six unanswered goals in the first quarter and went ahead 8-0 midway through the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Marchant, who was later carried off the field with what was believed to be a sprained ankle.
Gerry Case put Broadneck (3-3) on the board with a minute left in the half and back-to-back goals by Jeremy Eckman and Chris Martin cut Severn's lead to six with 6:43 left in the third.
But that was as close as the Bruins would get with the Admirals scoring four more unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.
"Obviously, we weren't ready to play and Severn was," said Bruins coach Clay White. "Severn beat us in every facet of the game."
Like Severn, St. Mary's wasted no time in taking control.
The Saints scored six goals -- four by Jamison Mullen -- in the first quarter and added four more in the second to take a 10-0 lead at the half.
The Saints (5-2) tacked on one goal in the third quarter and led 12-0 after an unassisted goal by Tassos Sfondouris with 8:21 left.
Justin Bowman had three goals and an assist for the Saints and Jim Hardesty chipped in two goals.
Sophomore attackman Josh White, son of St. Mary's assistant coach Rob White, had one goal and two assists, and freshman Ryan Metzbower was one of three Saints with one goal.
The defending 4A state champion Panthers (4-2) strung together three unassisted goals in the fourth quarter, including two by Josh Morgan and by his brother Eric.
"St. Mary's is an excellent team, but they can go out and recruit players and we have to play with the cards that are dealt to us at Annapolis," said Annapolis coach Dan Hart.
"We let them run and they got in a transition game and when you allow a good stick-handling and good shooting team in a transition game, you're going to get hurt and we got hurt early."