The Severna Park girls lacrosse team beat Broadneck at its own game.
Stung by a Bruins second-half comeback that resulted in their only loss of the season, the No. 7 Falcons used a rally of their own to upend No. 6 Broadneck, 6-3, for the Anne Arundel County championship last night at South River High in Edgewater.
The victory gave Severna Park its fourth county title since 1997 and added momentum as the Falcons attempt to defend their Class 4A-3A state crown later this week.
"This win means a lot," said senior midfielder Kate Hickman. "We really wanted to show ourselves, and I think we proved to everybody that Severna Park is not stepping down from anything."
The Falcons, who have captured the past two state championships and earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A-3A East Region, intensified their effort after the Bruins appeared to be on their way to another come-from-behind victory.
Trailing 2-0 after senior midfielder Laura Anderson scored her second goal 1:51 into the second half, Broadneck answered with three straight goals from senior midfielder Brooke Richards, senior attack Belen Coe and sophomore midfielder Allie Johnson.
But it took Severna Park (11-1-1) just 67 seconds after Johnson's tally for the Falcons to tie the score.
After Anderson misfired on an attempt, Hickman collected the loose ball and passed to Anderson in front for her third goal with 14:06 left.
That triggered a three-goal barrage from Hickman at 12:22, sophomore midfielder Katie Pumphrey at 9:14 and Hickman again at 7:57.
Backed by a 6-3 advantage, Severna Park controlled the ensuing draw and ran out the clock.
The comeback reminded some Falcons players of Broadneck's rally from a 4-1 deficit on April 23 en route to an 8-7 victory.
"The first time, we didn't play to the best of our abilities," said senior defender Christine West. "But I don't think we were ever nervous today. We knew that all we had to do was play our game."
The first half was memorable only in that both teams struggled from the outset and combined to commit 21 turnovers.
The Bruins (11-3) missed out on an opportunity to claim the county title in their first appearance in a regular-season-ending game, but coach Karen Tengwall said she hoped the loss would motivate her squad, which -- as the top seed in the 4A-3A East Region -- could meet the Falcons in the regional final next week.
"I think it's would've been really hard to beat them three times in one season," Tengwall said. "Now, it's 1-1. It's an even ballgame."