Severn's boys lacrosse team needed to either defeat Archbishop Spalding on Tuesday or have Gilman lose to McDonogh to make the playoffs.
Leaving nothing to chance, the Admirals did their part by defeating the Cavaliers, 11-7, to qualify for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Charlie Olmert scored four goals for the Admirals, who gave up the first goal of the game but scored the next four to take the lead for good.
As a junior, Olmert will play in a playoff game for the first time in his career after watching his season end in the last game of the year against Archbishop Spalding his first two years.
"It's just a totally different feeling having this last day of the regular season not be the last day of the season," said Olmert, who scored three of the Admirals' first four goals. "All year we've been talking about the second season and making it there because that's when it really matters."
Severn (15-6) would have qualified for the playoffs regardless of its result on Tuesday since Gilman lost to McDonogh. The Admirals improved to 4-5 in the conference after going 0-9 a year ago and qualified as the No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 St. Paul's on Friday in one quarterfinal. The Admirals fell to the Crusaders, 9-8, on May 3 in one of their three one-goal losses in the conference.
"It was great to control our fate, and that's a testament to these guys working hard all season," Severn coach Jamie McNealey said. "We didn't have to rely on tiebreakers. We're in on our own, and now anything can happen. It was a roller coaster season, but now these guys are exactly where they want to be."
Dylan Gergar scored three goals and Michael Lamon had two goals and two assists for Severn, which won its last two games over county rivals St. Mary's and Archbishop Spalding to qualify for the postseason.
"The last few years, we weren't really able to get close to the playoffs, but to do it this year feels so good," Olmert said. "We have a great group of seniors and we play for each other. It feels awesome."
Andrew Volk and Jakob Lilly each added goals, Tyler Perreten, Derek Lee and Daniel Medcalf each recorded assists and Tyler Gilmore stopped 11 shots for the Admirals.
"Making the playoffs is a celebration. There's no pressure. We just want to play our best lacrosse," McNealey said. "We like our chances, just like any of the five other teams."
Luke Legnard and Brett Baucia each had a goal and an assist for Archbishop Spalding, which finished 1-8 in the conference this year and can look to the Admirals for how quickly a team can turn it around in the tough MIAA A Conference.
"Credit to them, they're a very talented team," Spalding coach Brian Phipps said. "They move the ball well and they play well. They're going to be a tough team to play in the playoffs, that's for sure."
Top seeds McDonogh and Boys' Latin earned first-round byes, while Loyola and Calvert Hall will meet in Friday's other quarterfinal.
GOALS: SE – Olmert 4, Gergar 3, Lamon 2, Volk, Lilly; AS – Baucia, Legnard, Morusiewicz, Sodergreen, Alchin, Garretson, Gaines. ASSISTS: SE – Lamon 2, Perreten, Lee, Medcalf; AS – Baucia, Legnard, Melendez. SAVES: SE – Gilmore 11; AS – Brackett 6. SHOTS: SE - 25; AS - 30. FACEOFFS: SE - 10; SM - 11. GROUND BALLS: SE - 23; AS - 13.