As Severna Park’s Chase Cope came off the field after scoring a goal early in Tuesday’s game with South River, a teammate told him to keep shooting.
Cope listened to his teammate and did in fact keep shooting and finished with a game-high six goals in the Falcons’ 16-5 victory over the Seahawks.
Severna Park (10-2) won its seventh straight and clinched a spot in Monday’s county championship game.
“They kept sticking a (short stick defender) on me,” said Cope, who added two assists. “Even when they stuck the long pole on me, we were able to move the ball and I was getting good opportunities.”
Cope and Jack Thomas each scored four goals in the first half for the Falcons, who scored the game’s first five goals. Thomas finished with five goals and two assists.
“We’ve really started to come together as a team, especially offensively,” Severna Park coach Dave Earl said. “We’re sharing the ball and I’m just really proud of these guys.”
Hans Hansen had three goals, Josh Coffman had a goal and two assists and Michael Harmeyer had a goal and an assist for the Falcons, who clinched the regular-season county championship. The Falcons will play Broadneck in the county championship game Monday night at Old Mill.
“Anne Arundel County has some of the best lacrosse in the country and we’re just proud to represent the county and Severna Park,” Earl said.
After missing some time early in the season, Shane Carr is back as the Falcons’ full-time goalie and stopped 13 shots on Tuesday, including a pair with the Seahawks on the extra man early in the fourth quarter.
“Shane is a leader and a state champ and he knows how to get it done,” Earl said. “Will (Bray) played wonderfully when he had the opportunity, but it’s great to have Shane back.”
Severna Park was sitting at 3-2 after early-season losses to Severn and Hereford, but the seven-game winning streak has the Falcons back in the county championship and in line for the top spot in the Class 4A East Region playoffs. A win over Old Mill on Friday would give the Falcons their third straight unbeaten regular season in county play.
“We’ve gotten a lot better,” Earl said. “Especially offensively, we’re sharing the ball. We don’t have that big-time takeaway defenseman, but they play as a team.”
Eric Thibodeau scored a pair of goals to lead the Seahawks, who have now lost two straight after falling to Broadneck last Friday.
“I don’t think we came out with the right energy and the score got away from us quickly,” South River coach Colin Campbell said. “I’m actually very happy with our guys in terms of they did not stop.”
Nick Kendall, Brock DiMauro and Grant Sauls each added goals and Ben Robertson stopped 15 shots for South River (7-4).
“Anything we want to do, if the season goes right, we’ll have to see them again,” Campbell said. “This is all practice for the big one.”
South River (7-4) 0 3 1 1 — 5
Sev. Park (10-2) 4 7 4 1 — 16