2016 Class 4A/3A East Region champion Severna Park


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With its experience and maturity, Severna Park High has been the area’s top public boys’ lacrosse team this season. Now, the Falcons are itching closer to a state championship.

No. 7 Severna Park advance to the Class 4A/3A state semifinals with a 10-5 decision over No. 14 Annapolis in the East Region final at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. Junior Trevor Patschorke scored four goals and Ethan Carr added three scores and two assists.

Severna Park was able to solve Annapolis’ zone, as well as maintain its resolve in a chippy second half against its Anne Arundel County rival to reach its first state final four since 2010. Saturday afternoon at Gaithersburg, the Falcons will play Montgomery County’s Churchill for a spot in next week’s state final at Stevenson University.

The Falcons (15-2 overall) haven’t lost since dropping their first two decisions to Archbishop Spalding and eventual MIAA A Conference semifinalist Severn School. They found themselves in a rare deficit at halftime, but responded, extending the area’s longest current winning streak to 15.

“We were down 3-2 at halftime and we haven’t been that in position in a while, ” said Carr, a captain. “At halftime, I pulled them together and told them it’s not about the team anymore, we have a whole community behind us, so we’re playing for them, we’re playing for the school.”

Severna Park coach Dave Earl said the leadership of Carr, Spilker and Ryan Poulton has defined the team this spring.

“They’ve been incredible this year from September through offseason workouts,” said Earl. “They’re top notch kids in every aspect.”

Down 3-1 against Annapolis’ deliberate pace, the Falcons slowly gained control with five unanswered goals. Carr, who will play for Army next spring, opened the second half with an extra-man score to tie the game at 3.

Patschorke followed with two strikes, courtesy of helpers from sophomore Josh Coffman and Steven Zichelli added a score, putting Severna Park up 6-3. The Panthers close within 6-4 early in the fourth, but Carr responded with two goals inside of two minutes to give Falcons breathing room.

Earl said Annapolis’ zone befuddled them in the first half.

“We weren’t attacking the gaps very well in the first half,” said Earl. “We got into a different set – draw and dump and we were able to find some openings.”

The fourth quarter was physical and intense as nine total penalty flags were dropped. But Severna Park remained composed.

“We have a lot of character and one thing Coach Earl prides himself on is making us better people not just lacrosse players,” said Coffman. “He wants us to be the best people we can be and that’s all it took today.”

Annapolis, looking for its first state semifinal appearance since 2003, trailed 1-0 before goals from Stephen Moheiser, Lachlan Hertel and Davis Hitt gave it a 3-1 advantage in the second quarter. The Panthers, who played Severna Park man-to-man defensively in the first meeting last month (11-8 Severna Park win), tempered the Falcons with their zone.

Severna Park adjusted and Annapolis’ best season since 2005 (13-4) slowly disintegrated.

“Unfortunately our offense wasn’t able to match what they did were doing,” said Panthers coach Dustin McConnaughhay. “We had a fantastic season and won a lot of games, but unfortunately, we came up a little short here. Our goal was to go a little deeper than this.”

The Falcons are back on the state’s biggest stage after a six-year absence. Severna Park won four 4A/3A championships between 2004 and 2010.

“It’s a testament to the community and the great school leadership. The kids have really brought into the program,” said Earl, who’s in his second season after coaching at Anne Arundel Community College. “The kids were excited about getting a new staff and they’ve just responded.”

Class 4A/3A East Region championship

No. 7 Severna Park 10, No. 14 Annapolis 5

Goals: Annapolis – Hertel, Hitt, Kopf, Moheiser, Purcell; Severna Park – Patschorke

Assists: Annapolis – Mitchell; Severna Park – Coffman 4, Carr 2, Zichelli

Saves: Annapolis – Burnett-Milbourne 7; Severna Park – Casto 8

Annapolis 0 3 0 2 – 5

Severna Park 1 1 4 4 – 10