For the first 30 minutes yesterday, Bethesda-Chevy Chase made No. 1 Severna Park look like just another hapless victim on the Barons' road to a state title.
B-CC, the top-ranked team in the Washington area and winners of six straight state championships, bolted to a 3-0 halftime lead against a Severna Park team that has won three straight 4A titles.
In the second half, the roles were reversed. The Falcons then displayed state-champion form, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes and dominating play.
Severna Park could not get the equalizer, though, and B-CC prevailed, 3-2, at the Sally E. Nyborg Invitational at Roland Park. The Falcons (5-1) thus settle for a split in the tournament after scoring their first-ever win over No. 4 Roland Park, 2-1, Friday.
"We just came out flat and let [BC-C] run circles around us in the first half," Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said. "I don't know why. But I'm proud of the way we came back. I think shows a lot of character to hang in there and not give up at 3-0."
"The first half was the best half of hockey we've played all year," B-CC coach Amy Wood said. "I knew Severna Park was never going to give up. I knew they were going to come back and come back strong. They're not winning states almost every year for nothing."
B-CC midfielder Emily Beach, considered one of the top players in the Washington area, drove home a penalty corner to give the Barons a 2-0 lead with 17:42 left in the half.
B-CC (5-0) added a fluke goal 10 minutes later when Eleanor Morgan's shot deflected off a Falcon defender's stick, popped high in the air and landed in the back of the Severna Park goal.
After halftime, the momentum swung to Severna Park.
Allison Young converted a left-side rebound off a shot by Nicki Barnes with 24:28 left for the Falcons' first goal, and Barnes scored during a goal-mouth scramble three minutes later.
The Falcons were outshot, 19-11, but had several other quality chances in the second half. B-CC goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg (three saves) denied one with a point-blank stop during a scramble in front of the net with 9:50 left.
The B-CC win evens the series at 2-2 between these teams, who together own 21 state titles.
"We looked good in the second half," Shelton said. "If we can just put two halves together, we'll be fine."