Ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference schools St. Mary's and Severn went a combined 3-1 in the two-day Faceoff Classic, but Annapolis and host Severna Park closed the gap for the maligned public schools.
Annapolis (1-1) defeated No. 7 Severn (1-1) for the first time, 14-8, last night, and Severna Park (0-2) trailed sixth-ranked St. Mary's by three goals after three periods before bowing, 14-9.
Junior attackmen Brett McConnaughhay (six goals, all in second half) and Drew Samaras combined for 10 goals to pace Annapolis.
Juniors Justin Mullen and Joe Thompson had four goals each to pace the Saints (4-0) to their third win in as many days.
In 20 years under coach Jim Moorhead, St. Mary's, the only team to go 2-0 in the Faceoff (the Saints defeated Annapolis, 10-4, Friday), has gone 96-0 against public schools and nonleague teams.
"Until you kill the king, and St. Mary's is the king in our county, you can't say you are No. 1 in Anne Arundel even if you win a state [public school] championship, " said Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte, whose Falcons dropped an 8-7 triple overtime decision to Severn on Friday.
"If either us or Annapolis win a state title this year, we can say we might be No. 1 because of how well we played in this tournament."
Sophomore midfielder Paul Burnett had two of his three goals in the first half and the Falcons were down 4-3 at the break. Junior Jerry Cornett chipped in two goals for Severna Park.