Severna Park, Annapolis breeze to titles Falcons boys win, 13-6; Panthers girls rolls, 21-4; County lacrosse championships


When Mike Bellotte took over Severna Park's boys lacrosse program earlier this year, he set three goals for his team.

Last night, his Falcons fulfilled two of them.

Using its depth and superior stick skills, Severna Park humbled North Division champ Chesapeake, 13-6, in the Anne Arundel County championship game at North County High.

"Our goals all season have been the same and that's to win counties and states and to get better each game," said Bellotte, who got drenched with a cooler of ice water in the waning seconds of the game. "Today, I think we improved."

So did Chesapeake coach Brien McMurray.

"That's a much better Severna Park team than we saw three weeks ago," he said, in regard to his team's 9-6 loss to the Falcons in the regular season. "Tonight, we got out-personel-ed."

Senior attackmen Jon Lehman and Bert Whitelock combined for five goals and five assists with Lehman collecting three goals and two assists and Whitelock the opposite.

Junior attackman Mike Cosper and senior midfielder Mike Beaver each had three goals and senior Josh Cornett chipped in four assists.

The Falcons (11-2), who received the near-equivalent of a first-round bye by drawing Southern-Baltimore in Thursday's opening round of regionals, went ahead 4-0 in the first quarter following three straight goals by Cosper.

Junior midfielder Matt Willis put Chesapeake on the board early in the second quarter and he scored the Cougars next three goals in the second quarter to keep his team in it.

The Cougars, who play host to Northeast Thursday's opening round, cut its deficit to two goals midway through the third quarter when Mike McIntyre and Jason Gogolinski scored 14 seconds apart. That was as close as Chesapeake would get.

Beaver returned the margin to three by converting a pass from Cornett with 2: 50 left in the third and he scored two of the Falcons four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.

Girls championship

South Division champ Annapolis faced little resistance in capturing its second county title in three years.

The No. 7 Panthers (14-1) opened up a 12-1 halftime lead before coasting to a 21-4 victory over homestanding North County.

Senior attacker Kelly Dirks was in on eight goals, scoring three and getting five assists. Annapolis' other multiple goals scorers were senior Brooke Wagner (four goals, one assist), junior Christy McNew (two, one), and fabulous freshmen Sarah Oliphant (three, one), Kristy Dirks (two, one) and Alicia Walker (two, two).

Angie Meyer scored two of North County's four unassisted goals and goalie Jen Sparkman stopped the Panthers from really running it up with 12 saves.

North County (7-6), a 21-3 loser to Annapolis earlier, will get third shot at in Thursday's opening round of the region playoffs.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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