South River attackman Ben Chisolm had to deal with a Severna Park defenseman bumping against his back or standing almost face-to-face with him for most of a key Anne Arundel County matchup in Edgewater on Tuesday.
The 15th-ranked Falcons were hoping to slow down South River's high-powered attack by taking Chisolm out of the game. The 10th-ranked Seahawks, however, had enough depth as Jon Carr responded with three goals and two assists in the 7-2 victory to remain undefeated. South River clinched the regular season title and finish conference play Friday against Annapolis before taking on the Howard County champion in the District V championship next week.
"We know what we have, we know we have a couple of guys who can put the ball in the net," South River coach Paul Noone said. "We'll lean on who we have to lean on. We knew they were going to do that to Ben coming into it. They did a good job, no doubt about. He took a lot of heat."
While South River (13-0 overall, 10-0 league) held Severna Park (9-4, 8-2) scoreless in the first half, the Seahawks wasted little time revving up their offense. Jon Carr scored twice, while twin brother Chris Carr and freshman Dylan Mansur each added a goal as the Seahawks led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter.
South River shut down Severna Park's offense by not allowing its attackmen or midfield to control possession. A goal by Michael Strange increased the lead to five just two minutes into the second quarter, forcing Severna Park to call its second timeout of the half. DJ Davis scored midway through the second quarter and South River led 6-0 at the half.
"They locked [Chisolm] down last year and we weren't ready for it. This year, we were ready for it," said Jon Carr, who will play at UMBC next season. "We have a lot of depth. I think a lot of players stepped up. Our middies do all the work and we get the benefits."
Severna Park finally got on the board with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left in the third quarter on an unassisted goal by Troy Wilke. A goal by Logan Swartz cut the lead to four heading into the fourth quarter. The Falcons did much better forcing turnovers and setting up their attack throughout the second half, but South River goalie Nick Marcelino (six saves) came up with several big stops.
"It's a lot easier when you don't have to face a lot of shots and the offense played well," Marcelino said. "As long as they keep the ball on their side, I like that. We stood our ground."
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Jon Carr completed the the hat trick with 1:14 left to seal the game.