Senior midfielder/attackman Mac Chase fueled an explosive third period with three of his career-high seven goals as the No. 6-ranked Severna Park boys lacrosse team overcame a 7-5 halftime deficit and went on to a 14-9 victory over visiting and ninth-ranked Annapolis last night.
Chase, a 5-foot-9, 175-pounder who put on 20 pounds in the off-season, scored in the first 10 seconds of the second half to ignite a three-goal spree in the first minute that led to a 5-0 period for the victors.
Fellow midfielder Paul Gillette, who had four goals and two assists, followed with a score and Chase fired in another to give the Falcons (3-0) an 8-7 lead before a minute had passed to start the second half.
"It was definitely the biggest game of my career," said Chase.
"I was just open at the right time, right place and the midfielders didn't miss me and I just put it in the net."
Gillette scored again to make it 9-7 with a minute left in the third period and defenseman Ryan McGarry picked up a ground ball and sprinted nearly the length of the field to find Chase near the crease.
With time running out in the period, McGarry fed Chase, who simultaneously buzzed in the Falcons' 10th goal a hair before the horn.
"In a big game and rivalry like this is, we had to put Mac down there and let him go, " said Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte, referring to his younger attackmen and midfielders who are developing and learning from the team's stellar, experienced seniors.
Jerry Cornett, a senior attackman, scored his second goal to give the Falcons an 11-7 lead to start the final period.
Annapolis attackman Bret McConnaughhay and midfielder Josh Lesko notched their third and fourth goals of the game, respectively, to put the Panthers (2-2) within 11-9 with 4: 25 left.
McConnaughhay and Lesko had teamed with Will Phillips (two goals with Lesko in the second period) for a 5-1 Annapolis advantage in the second 10 minutes that gave the Panthers the two-goal lead at the break.
David Wooster, the Panthers' third starting attackman with McConnaughhay and Phillips, did not play last night for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. He had four goals and three assists in a 12-4 win over Broadneck Tuesday.
Severna Park had jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first period before Lesko scored at the end of the period and added two more in the second.
"We weren't surprised when Lesko started doing that," Bellotte said. "Josh Lesko is legit and would start on my team, and my team is pretty darned good."
Any hopes of a fourth-period comeback by the Panthers dissipated when Chase fired one in from about 15 yards out with 2: 59 to go and junior Paul Burnett followed with goal No. 13 at 1: 36. Chase closed the scoring with hisseventh goal inside with 27 seconds on the clock.