A new Class 4A-3A state girls lacrosse champion will be crowned next week.
That became reality yesterday when host and No. 8 Broadneck toppled two-time reigning state titlist and No. 5 Severna Park, 4-3, in the East regional final in Annapolis.
The top-seeded Bruins, who split two previous meetings with Severna Park, captured their first regional crown since 1990.
"It's the first time ever that we've come in first in something," said junior goalie Melissa Puzak. "We were second in field hockey and second in the county championship game [which the Falcons won]. So this feels great."
Puzak (eight saves) and her starting defense of senior Sarah Davis and juniors Desi Colon, Kim Rupp and Ashley Zaleski played a key role in upending No. 2 seed Severna Park.
With Zaleski limiting Falcons senior midfielder Kate Hickman to one goal and Colon holding senior midfielder Laura Anderson to a single assist, Broadneck (14-3) contained an attack that had averaged 14.9 goals a game before yesterday's contest.
Armed with a 2-1 lead at halftime, senior attack Kate Scott gave Broadneck a two-goal lead with an unassisted score just 1:51 into the second period.
But senior midfielder Meg Boyd and Hickman scored 48 seconds apart to tie the score at 3 for Severna Park (13-2-1).
Then, with 9:22 left in the game, senior midfielder Brooke Richards centered the ball from behind the net to senior attack Belen Coe in front, and she bounced in what held up as the game-winning score.
"We knew they were going to double Brooke and [senior midfielder] Steph [Jones], and I was just open," Coe said. "Brooke just fed it where it had to go."
Bruins coach Karen Tengwall said Coe's goal was a result of drawing up extra plays designed to create opportunities for players other than Richards and Jones.
"We had recognized from the past that their main focus was on Brooke and Steph," Tengwall said. "We needed the other girls to step in, and Belen did a great job of recognizing that."
No. 15 Annapolis 14, Calvert 6: Junior attack Kelsey Mays registered a game-high three goals and three assists to power the host Panthers to an easy victory in the 3A-2A East regional final in Annapolis.
Junior midfielder Michelle DeChant and junior attack Traci Phipps each contributed three goals and an assist as Annapolis (13-4) claimed its first regional championship since 1999 and its sixth under coach Dave Gehrdes.
"It means a lot because last year, we lost to Severna Park [in the 4A-3A East region final], when we were supposed to win," Mays said. "We're excited to make it and we want to beat Mount Hebron."
The No. 3 seed Panthers enjoyed a 10-1 advantage at halftime, but the No. 4 seed Cavaliers (10-4) outscored their hosts 5-4 in the second half.
"We played great in the first half," Gehrdes said. "At halftime, I guess we thought, 'Well, we've got this one.' But they were still hungry, and we made some mistakes."
Senior midfielder Sarah Plummer, who will play for Old Dominion next season, and junior attack Cate Adams scored two goals each for Calvert, which reached its first regional final in only its third year as a varsity program.
"They played really well against a seasoned team," Cavaliers coach Bonnie Harrison said of her squad, which has only one senior on its roster. "In the first half, you could tell that they were intimidated, but in the second half, they played well."
Southern-AA 11, Queen Anne's 10: Sophomore Kelly Christian posted a team-high four goals as the host Bulldogs pulled out the victory in the 2A-1A East regional final in Harwood yesterday.
Abby Smith chipped in two goals and Charlotte Dixon turned away 23 shots to help No. 4 seed Southern (8-7) advance to the state semifinals for the second time in as many seasons.
The visiting Lions (13-2) were led by Lauren Dean's seven goals, but could not protect a 6-5 lead at halftime.