The Severn girls lacrosse team's finish was better than its start.
Trailing by four goals with less than 20 minutes left in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game, the eighth-ranked Admirals rallied to score five of the next six goals and complete a 7-7 tie with host John Carroll in Bel Air yesterday.
Attacker Allison O'Meara's goal from a free position with 19 seconds remaining capped the comeback for Severn (13-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 in the conference).
"I was just praying that it would go in," said O'Meara, who sent a rocket past Patriots goalkeeper Lauren Faber. "I knew she was good with the low shots, so I went high."
O'Meara's heroics offset a first half in which John Carroll dominated every facet of the game. The Patriots enjoyed an 11-2 shot advantage, forced 16 turnovers and had a 4-1 halftime lead.
"We worked a lot on pulling the attack out and spreading out our offense," said attacker Emily Gray, who led all scorers with three goals and an assist. "We've been working on that since the first day of practice, and it's finally starting to pay off."
John Carroll (5-5-1 overall and 2-5-1 conference) upped the ante by tallying two of the first three goals in the second half to take a 6-2 lead.
That's when Admirals second-team All-Metro attacker Lindsey Biles took over the game. Aided by one of attacker Tara Bourdelaise's two goals, Biles scored all three of her goals in a five-minute span toward the end of the game.
Her bouncer with 1:30 left tied the game at 6.
But midfielder Morgan Russell - off a centering feed from midfielder Melissa Sands - needed just 40 seconds to give the Patriots a 7-6 lead.
Severn won the ensuing draw, leading to O'Meara's goal.
Admirals coach Renie Sotiropoulos had mixed emotions about her team's outing.
"I'm proud of the way they played in the second half," she said. "I wish they had put as much energy in the second half into the whole game."
No. 2 Maryvale 8, No. 10 St. Mary's 3: Attacker Katie Chrest scored a game-high four goals to pace the visiting Lions to victory in Annapolis yesterday.
Attacker Casey Hazel chipped in with a hat trick and an assist for Maryvale (14-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference), which earned a top seed in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Tournament, which begins Monday.
"Maryvale is an incredible team," said St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow. "They're hard to beat. That's why they're undefeated."
Midfielder Brooke Dieringer posted a team-high two goals for the Saints, who dropped to 11-7-1 overall and 5-4-1 in the conference.