Severn girls surging again at season's end

The Baltimore Sun

Josie Owen, Severn's outstanding senior midfielder, said the Admirals' girls lacrosse team is making its annual late-season run in hopes of making it back to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final.

Last year, the Admirals suffered a tough overtime loss to John Carroll, and they would love another shot at the championship in May.

With the playoffs approaching, the No. 4 Admirals won their fourth in a row and eighth in the past nine games on Friday, 15-7, over No. 8 Archbishop Spalding. Owen had two goals and five assists as Severn ran its overall record to 11-4. The Admirals are in third place in the conference.

"Spalding has caught everybody off guard this season," said Owen, who was a member of the U.S. under-19 team and has a lacrosse scholarship to three-time Atlantic Coast Conference-champion Virginia.

"They [Spalding] have such great chemistry, and they have been coming out with a vengeance."

Owen, an All-Metro selection last spring, said the Admirals are coming together at the right time.

"I feel like we are peaking," said Owen, a three-year varsity starter. "We had a few bumps in the beginning of the season. Last year, we peaked at the right time, and hopefully the same thing will happen.

"I really feel like we are coming together and working together well. If we finish in third or fourth place, we can get a home field advantage" at the start of the playoffs.

It goes without saying that the Admirals know undefeated and top-ranked John Carroll is the team to beat. And they would like another shot at the Harford County team.

"They are very, very well-coached, " said Owen, who has a 4.2 grade-point average and is ranked No. 2 in her class. "They can score at will with three or four great players who know how to work together. They know what they're doing out there, but they are definitely beatable."

Baseball -- South River and Northeast, two baseball teams that got off to fast starts, had rough weeks. South River lost all three games it played, while Northeast lost two of three. Both likely fell out of contention for a berth in the county baseball final May 8 at Joe Cannon Stadium. Northeast has four league losses, while South River has five. Two-time defending champion Arundel and Old Mill were tied for first at 10-2 with four games left when the week started. Arundel had its 10-game winning streak ended with a 9-1 loss to Severna Park in Gambrills on Friday. Old Mill extended its winning streak to 10 with a 10-0 rout of Chesapeake in five innings. It sure looks like Arundel and Old Mill, which is coming off two straight losing seasons, will be playing for the county title. The two teams last played for the county championship in 1997, with Old Mill winning, 10-0.

Quick hits -- After 10 seasons at North County, Mike Francis has resigned as boys basketball coach to take the same position at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. Francis was 117-118 (.498) overall with the Knights, including 14-10 this past season. ... Andrew Lazor stepped down after three losing seasons (7-56) as Chesapeake's boys basketball coach, and his junior varsity coach, Ray Pack, has replaced him. ... Two Broadneck lacrosse players put up big numbers in romps over North County on Friday. Shannon Hanratty had three goals and seven assists for the Bruins girls in a 20-3 rout, while Chappy Cole had six goals and one assist in the boys' 12-4 win over the Knights.

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