The Severna Park and Broadneck girls lacrosse teams have played so many times, but none could have been any bigger than Friday night’s affair for the rivals.
Broadneck sophomore midfielder Mary Moore was up for the challenge.
After junior attack Julia Sokolowski tied the game in regulation, Moore netted the game-winning goal on a free-position shot just 29 seconds into the second overtime as the Bruins edged the Falcons, 10-9, in the Class 4A East Region II final.
Broadneck earned the No. 1 seed in the 4A state playoffs and will host No. 8 seed C.H. Flowers in a 4A quarterfinal game Monday.
“I think Severna Park was a really good competitor and it was really fun to play them,” Moore said. “It just came down to us digging ourselves out of the hole and being a team.”
The hole Moore was referring to was a 6-1 deficit with 4:40 remaining in the first half. Junior midfielder Emma Marsh was responsible for three of the Severna Park goals, with Theresa Bragg, Sophia Miller and Regan McDonnell accounting for the other Falcon goals.
Sophomore Lexi Dupcak put the Bruins (10-0) on the board just 56 seconds in, but the top-seeded Bruins were held scoreless for the next 23 minutes until senior midfielder Alexis Abe scored with 1:08 left in the first half. She scored again with only 23 seconds before the break as the hosts went into intermission down 6-3.
Junior attack Sam Lavorini brought Broadneck a goal closer 37 seconds into the second half, but Bragg responded three minutes later to give the Falcons (8-2) a three-goal advantage again.
Sokolowski scored 42 seconds later as the Bruins continued to claw their way back, but the young Falcons refused to go away as McDonnell notched her second to give the guests an 8-5 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Junior attack Reagan Baldwin brought the Bruins a goal closer and cut the deficit to 8-6, but Severna Park sophomore attack Charlotte Diez a minute later.
After dropping the season-opening game to the Bruins, 14-6, Severna Park had struck for an average of 15.1 goals per game while yielding just under three per contest. Little did the Falcons know that they had just scored their final goal.
Dupcak started the Bruins revival by collecting her second goal 40 seconds later. Then it was time for Moore to take center stage, as she netted her goal13 seconds later before Sokolowski tied the game at 9.
“We had never been in that situation before. We have a line of middies in their first year playing varsity, so we had to figure ourselves out,” said Broadneck coach Katy Kelley, whose team had never trailed at intermission this season. “… We weren’t shooting that great, and [Severna Park was]. So I think, all in all, from beginning to end, it was character-building, find our grit, find ourselves, inch our way back. Always believe.”
Moore was active on the defensive end, knocking down a shot on a Falcons free position halfway through the first overtime, leading to a free position by Dupcak with one second left that was saved by Severna Park junior goalkeeper Sarah Krause.
After trading sides of the field, Abe won the draw — one of many she had in the game. A foul on a Falcons defender led to a free position by Moore, who found the back of the net and ignited on a sea of Broadneck players rushing the field in celebration.
“But I can’t say enough about how well Severna Park came here to play today, for sure,” Kelley said. “[Moore] had a great game tonight. She was integral in the midfield, on the draw control. Ella Killian, on the other end, was playing awesome defense on one of their better players. That was a huge momentum booster. It wasn’t really coming from our offensive end, so we really needed to find that drive from somewhere else. Our offense was a little off.”
Severna Park has won 14 state championships, while Broadneck is vying for its fourth. It will wait for the results of the other regional final contests. The eight remaining teams, including Anne Arundel participant Arundel, an 8-7 victor over Old Mill, will be reseeded based on their regular-season winning percentage.
“I could not be more proud of the way my girls played that game. I think they played their hearts and souls out and they gave everything they possibly could,” Severna Park coach Kaitlyn Hines said. “Look at where we came from that first game against Broadneck. We gave them a game. We had them on the ropes all the way throughout the game. It’s just unfortunate it had to end the way it did for us. That was our best, well-fought game against the top competitor. I’m proud of them.”
Moore, Sokolowski, Dupcak and Abe each scored two goals for Broadneck to lead the offensive effort, while Lavorini and Reagan Baldwin also netted a goal apiece. Junior goalkeeper Chloe Rand made six saves.
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For Severna Park, Marsh finished with a hat trick, Bragg and Regan McDonnell contributed two goals apiece, Miller had a solo goal and Krause made 10 saves.