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No. 7 Severna Park boys use last comeback to beat No. 4 Severn, 15-13

The Severna Park boys lacrosse team impressively got the last word against another neighborhood private school rival Thursday.

After their early advantage against Severn turned into a two-goal deficit to start the fourth quarter, the defending Class 4A-3A state champion and No. 7 Falcons dominated at every turn. Severna Park finished the game with four unanswered goals to claim a 15-13 win over the No. 4 Admirals at the Public/Private Challenge hosted by Archbishop Spalding.

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Senior attackman Trevor Patschorke and junior midfielder Josh Coffman shared the offensive load with six goals each and sophomore goalie Shane Carr shined with 11 saves.

The win comes two days after the Falcons, now 8-0, came from behind to edge No. 12 Spalding, 10-9, to avenge their only two losses from last season. They opened the 2016 season with back-to-back losses against Severn and Spalding and then had 17 straight wins on their way to the state championship. Severn (9-2) had won the previous two meetings between the teams, including a 15-6 win last year, and four of the previous five. On Thursday, it was the Falcons' turn.

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"We're always excited to play against our hometown rival from the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference] and I think our effort was nonstop from both ends of the field from the beginning of the game to the final whistle," Patschorke said. "It's incredible the way we played today.

"It just shows the character we have as a team. That's two back-to-back wins against great teams where we've been down, but we never faltered at all. We just kept composed, fought back [Thursday] and we got out with a win."

Severna Park coach David Earl felt weathering an early storm against the Admirals' potent attack would be important to get a win, and his Falcons did one better. Instead, they came out fast, aggressive and precise on attack in scoring three goals in the first two minutes in building a 6-1 lead late in the first quarter. Coffman accounted for three of the goals.

But behind Ben Bedard (two goals, three assists), Michael Lamon (three goals) and Dylan Gergar (three goals), the Admirals methodically climbed back in the game and then used a four-goal flurry in the third quarter to seemingly take hold of it. Bedard tied the game at 11 with 5:58 left. Jake Lilly then took a feed from Lamon and hit a shot off the post and in for their first lead of the game with 3:20 to play in the third quarter. After Gergar made it 13-11 less than a minute later, the Admirals had the momentum with the Falcons seemingly wearing down.

Not so.

Coffman scored with the Falcons on the man advantage 18 seconds into the fourth quarter and then tied the score at 13 with 10:45 to play.

From there, the Falcons continued to get possession and played smart with the ball. They got the game-winning goal from Steven Zichelli with 8:24 to play, an insurance goal from Patschorke and two big stops from Carr to help secure the win.

"I knew if we had the ball we were going to score," Earl said. "I think the biggest thing as far as the poise we showed was on defense. Our guys just hung in there and we kind of felt they would wear down a little bit and when that happens we just overplayed their strengths and our guys did a great job."

The Falcons will take on Howard on Wednesday before getting into the thick of their Anne Arudel County schedule. Severn will open league play in the MIAA at No. 2 Boys' Latin on Tuesday.

"Obviously we built ourselves a big hole getting down 6-1, but I'm proud of my guys for coming all the way back. We just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter," Severn coach Jamie McNealey said. "All credit to Severna Park — they had a great game plan and they executed it well. It was a good game — up and down — you can't fault any team and credit goes to them."

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Boys lacrosse

7 Severna Park 15, 4 Severn 13

Goals: SP – Coffman 6, Patschorke 6, Joyce, Draughn, S. Zichelli;

S – Lamon 3, Gergar 3, Bedard 2, Volk 2, Mandish, Lilly, Mann

Assists: SP – Thomas 3, S. Zichelli 2, Cope, Betch, ;

S –Bedard 3, Volk 2, Mann 2, Mandish, .

Saves: SP –Carr 11;

S Emmons 7.

Half: SP, 10-8

SP 6 4 1 4 -- 15

S 2 6 5 0 - - 13

SHOTS: SP -- 33; S – 41

GROUND: BALLS SP -- 22; S – 28

FACEOFFS: S -- 22; SP -- 8

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