The bus that was supposed to take Severna Park to its boys lacrosse showdown at Broadneck didn't show up yesterday.
So, the No. 8 Falcons carpooled the short distance across Ritchie Highway. They apparently left their high-powered offense back at the school.
The unranked Bruins' defense showed up in a big way, as did their offense in the first half as they jumped out to a six-goal lead on the way to a 6-3 victory, creating a three-way logjam in the Anne Arundel County boys league.
"Our defense was the difference in the game," said Broadneck coach Clay White, whose team defeated the Falcons for the first time in more than four years. "I thought our defense played their butts off. Plus, getting up on them early was crucial."
South River (8-0) leads the league at 7-0. Severna Park (8-2 overall) and Broadneck (7-4) are 6-1.
Broadneck's only loss was to South River, which plays Severna Park on May 2. A win by the Falcons could create a three-way tie for first, which would require a tiebreaker to determine the two teams that would meet in the county final.
Yesterday, the Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half on two goals each by Chappy Cole and Ryan Barber. Broadneck added two more goals in the second 12 minutes. Cole recorded his third and Kyle Colleran scored for a 6-0 lead with 1:41 left in the half.
Severna Park did not score until there were 47 seconds left in the half when Sam Jones set up Sean Price. Broadneck's defense, led by Jeff Nagle, Jeb Smith, Zach Treakle, Logan Hunderman, Cameron Rowe and goalkeeper Houston Zemanski, dominated the Falcons.
"Our defense really stepped up and shut down their big-name players," said Zemanski, who had 18 saves. "We had a lot of takeaways. We've been wanting this game for a long time."email@example.com