Another Staines helps lift Admirals

The Baltimore Sun

Within hours of yesterday's 13-9 victory at eighth-ranked Severna Park, Severn junior Mark Staines was discussing the effort with his eldest brother, Ronnie, on the telephone.

"He gets on me sometimes about footwork, position defense, waiting for checks - but he's generally supportive," said Mark Staines, the last of four siblings who, along with their father, Ron Sr., will have played for the 10th-ranked Admirals (5-4).

At Severn, Ronnie Jr., 24, and, Billy, 23, starred on defense, as did Ben, 21, at midfield. Ben followed Ronnie Jr. and Billy to North Carolina, where he is a senior midfielder. Although strongly considering North Carolina, Mark also has Virginia, Georgetown and Maryland on his radar.

"There's pressure for any kid choosing a college, but with the legacy, there's a little more for me," said Mark Staines, 17. "I'll make the right decision for me on where I need to be."

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound player was mostly in the right place yesterday, limiting Chris Hunt to a goal and two assists.

Staines credited the play of defenders John Collinson and Taylor Burns, first-year starting senior goalie Woody Johnson (10 saves) and an offense that received a goal or an assist from 10 players.

The Admirals turned a 2-0 first-quarter advantage into a 10-2 margin early in the third quarter after Stewart D'Ambrogi converted his third goal off Michael Roe's third assist.

Roe and All-Metro midfielder Nick Elsmo (three goals, one assist) sparked the Admirals' second-quarter 8-2 edge in faceoffs. Stevie Kirkup (two goals, one assist), Chase Loetz (two, one) and Zach Swerdloff (two assists) also contributed for Severn.

Colby Rhodes (four, one) and Eric Lusby (three, one) led defending Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park (4-1).

"With us beating Broadneck on Thursday night, it was our week to beat the county teams," Virginia-bound Elsmo said. "It's always exciting to play our cross-town rival and determine who's best in the county."

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