Severna Park senior Eric Lusby said before the Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship game that he was glad the Falcons were playing Broadneck again after a two-goal victory over the Bruins in the regular season.
"We didn't play well in that game and we have to really prove that we are better," said Lusby, who is headed to Loyola College. "We wanted to show Broadneck how good we are."
Lusby and the No. 10 Falcons (13-2) sure did last night at Glen Burnie High School with a 9-2 rout of the No. 11 Bruins (12-3) for their sixth consecutive county title. Four of those times, the Bruins have been the runner-up.
In winning their seventh title since the title final began in 1996, the Falcons extended their winning streak over county public schools to 46.
The Falcons dominated the Bruins in every phase of the game, although their offense did get off to a slow start. Severna Park took a 2-0 lead at the half, but by the end of the third period it led 6-2.
Lusby led the victors with three goals and three assists and was one of seven Falcons who scored.
Severna Park had huge advantages in faceoffs (12-2), shots (38-17) and ground balls (38-20).
"We haven't had problems in our clearing game all year and we did today," said Broadneck coach Clay White.
"Severna Park rode the heck out of us, and that was the difference. Ground balls killed us, and as bad as we got beat in ground balls, you're going to lose possession."
First-year Falcons coach Larry Kramer, who moved from Northeast to Severna Park just weeks before the season started, savored the win. Kramer was hired after former coach Jimmy Beardmore was not invited back.
"Our kids worked really hard," said Kramer, who will now attempt to lead the Falcons to a repeat state championship.