Severna Park and Broadneck have a history of close girls lacrosse games, and last night's Anne Arundel County championship started out that way.
A one-goal game at the half, however, quickly turned in No. 2 Severna Park's favor as the Falcons dominated possession and worked a patient settled offense to a 14-8 victory over the No. 5 Bruins at Meade.
The Falcons (15-0) won their eighth county title and their fifth in seven years. Broadneck took the other two titles.
Last night, each played a solid first half, but the Falcons were more patient and took better care of the ball in the second half. Although Broadneck won three of the first four draws after the break, the Bruins turned it over or went for the quick shot, and the Falcons capitalized on the misses.
The Falcons shut out Broadneck for the first 13:49 of the second half while Allison Behringer scored twice and Hayley Rausch and Julie Gardner each added one.
"If we could piece together two halves like that first half, it would be a much closer game," Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall said.
The Falcons, who won their 35th straight game, will likely meet the Bruins again in the regionals.
"It is a friendly rivalry. It's a huge rivalry," Gardner said. "We see them three times each season. Third time's going to be hard again. Every time we play them it's hard."
No. 15 Glenelg 16, Centennial 5 -- For 17 years, Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid watched as Mount Hebron sat atop Howard County and wondered when one of her teams would get a chance to shine. Yesterday, Kincaid received a resounding answer as Glenelg hoisted the once-untouchable plaque. "For a long time, we considered second place the county championship," said Kincaid, who wiped away tears after the game. The Gladiators overwhelmed Centennial (10-3) for much of the game with their offensive precision, getting five goals and three assists from senior midfielder Kristy Black. Black formed a dangerous tandem with fellow senior Alayna Markwordt, who had two goals and four assists.
No. 1 John Carroll 12, St. Paul's 11 -- After Iliana Sanza scored her fifth goal of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference quarterfinal with about 1:30 left to pull St. Paul's (8-11) within one, the Gators had a chance to tie, but Kate Cathell's shot hit the pipe with 1:06 to go.
No. 3 McDonogh 10, No. 10 Bryn Mawr 9 -- Hannah Franklin scored a game-high three goals, and the Eagles outlasted the Mawrtians in an IAAM A Conference quarterfinal.
No. 4 Severn 11, No. 8 St. Mary's 9 -- Monica D'Ambrogi and Josie Owen scored in overtime to help the Admirals get past the Saints in an IAAM A Conference quarterfinal.
No. 7 Notre Dame Prep 10, No. 9 Archbishop Spalding 8 -- Erin Laschinger and Emilie Boeri each scored twice to lead the Blazers past the Cavaliers in an IAAM A Conference quarterfinal.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.