This time, No. 11-ranked Broadneck came to Annapolis at full strength.
Still, it didn't make a difference.
The 13th-ranked Panthers beat the two-time defending state champs in every facet of the game en route to a 13-9 win in last night's Class 3A-4A East region championship at Annapolis High.
Annapolis (14-2) advances to tomorrow's state semifinal round -- site and time to be announced.
"We've had absolutely, positively one one goal, and that's to win states, and we're not stopping," said Annapolis coach Dan Hart. "I'm proud the way our team has hung together. It's a great group, and I think the best is yet to come."
Annapolis, which defeated Broadneck 17-7 earlier in the season when the Bruins were missing their top three scorers and their BTC goalie because of a one-game suspension, got its first seven goals from seven players.
After taking a 4-3 lead at the half on the first of three goals by senior Peter Ludlam, the Panthers (14-2) broke the game open in the third quarter.
Ludlam's second goal on a feed from sophomore Josh Lesko with 1: 32 left in the third put the hosts ahead 9-5.
Broadneck's Rusty Petche answered Ludlam's goal eight seconds later to cut the lead to three, but the Bruins got no closer.
Lesko (two goals, one assist) put Annapolis ahead 11-7 midway through the third quarter, and Steve Brianas stretched the lead to six on an assist from Ludlam with 2: 20 left.
Annapolis defensemen Mike Donlin and Judd Carstens made life miserable for Bruin attackmen and easy for Panthers goalie Jeff Childs (four saves).
"The hardest thing to do in sports is to stay on top," said Broadneck coach Clay White. "We were there for two years, but we just came up a little short this time."
Kent 13, South River 5: Senior Jon Fellows scored three goals and assisted on three more as the Trojans (14-1) knocked off the host Seahawks (8-5) in for the Class 1A-2A East title. Junior Justin Slama and senior Galen Beers contributed three goals each for Kent, which make its third straight trip to the state tournament.
Pub Date: 5/14/98