For much of the past two decades, second-ranked Severna Park has been the measuring stick for girls lacrosse teams in Anne Arundel County.
However, third-ranked Broadneck has traditionally played the Falcons as tough as any team in the state. In Friday night's game between the two unbeaten teams, visiting Broadneck stayed within striking distance for most of the game, but simply could not overtake the Falcons, who pulled out the 14-12 victory.
Sarah Lloyd had six goals for Severna Park. Lloyd suffered a knee injury last season, but returned as a goalie and helped the Falcons to a third consecutive state championship and 17th overall.
"I am so happy to play and contribute," said Lloyd, who will attend Princeton next year. "I had so much fun playing on the field. I just love it. We have more work to do, but we've done a good job so far."
Morgan Torggler and Ally Adams each had two goals for the Falcons (8-0 overall, 5-0 league). Courtney Tomchik had four goals and Taylor George had four assists for Broadneck (7-1, 4-1). Broadneck won 13 draws, compared to 10 for Severna Park. The Falcons won the ground ball battle 25-20.
With Severna Park clinging to a 13-10 lead with five minutes left in the game, Meghan Eshleman scored a free-position goal to cut the margin to two. However, Ally Adams scored for the Falcons with 3:25 remaining to close the game, which went back-and-forth for most of the way.
Eshleman pulled the Bruins to within two with 1:30 remaining, but a key take away by Adams ended any type of late rally.
"When they have good shots, they have to put them in," Severna Park coach Carin Peterson.
Goals by Rachel Mia, Morgan Torggler and Sarah Lloyd gave Severna Park a 3-0 lead with 11:36 remaining in the first half. The Bruins did not get flustered, and goals by Koolage Kacy, Alli Dawson and Courtney Tomchik in 1 minute and 49 seconds tied the game at 3 with 8:36 left in the first half. Torggler's second goal with 4:53 remaining and two others by Madison Thomas and Lloyd gave Falcons a 6-3 lead at the half.
The Falcons kept up the pressure in the second half and Ally Adams and Lloyd scored goals around Broadneck's Paige Duncan for an 8-4 lead with 22 minutes left in the game. Goals by Tomchik and Allison Thornton two minutes apart cut the margin to two with 18:18 remaining. Lloyd's fourth and fifth goals stopped the momentum and increased the lead back to four with 13:45 remaining.
"In the first half, we had 17 shots and six goals. We needed to take care of the ball," Peterson said.
The Bruins chipped away, and two goals by Tomchik and another by Alli Dawson cut the score to 11-9 with 11:25 left. The Bruins, however, had no answer for Lloyd, who scored again with 10:13 remaining. The teams continued to trade goals down the stretch and
"I was hoping it would be close and I figured it would be close," Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall said. "The first half, the offense hardly had the ball and didn't execute when the opportunity presented itself. The second half, at the end, when we had the momentum, we turned the ball over."