Severn and St. Mary’s met on the lacrosse field, Thursday night in Annapolis, in their annual late-season rivalry battle for MIAA A Conference bragging rights in Anne Arundel County, with the visiting Admirals winning the battle, decisively, but the 7th-ranked Saints remain the only one of the two still alive in the MIAA A playoff hunt.
Dylan Gergar poured in five goals to lead 9th-ranked Severn (11-8, 2-6 MIAA A). The Admirals took control early in the third quarter, doubling a 4-2 halftime lead and then scoring three times in 81 seconds to build a commanding 9-3 lead.
Ben Bedard scored twice and had three assists for Severn in the win. Andrew Volk added two goals and one assist, Mike Lamon scored twice and Charlie Olmert had three points with one goal and two assists. Zack Kinsella also scored for the Admirals.
Ian Krampf and and Garrett Nilsen each scored twice to lead St. Mary’s (12-6, 3-5 MIAA A). B.J. Burlace and Alex Wicks also scored for the Saints.
The win was the second straight for Severn after snapping a seven game losing streak, including an 0-6 start in the A Conference. Unfortunately for the Admirals, even if they win their final game, Tuesday at home against Spalding, the best they can end up is in a three-way tie with St. Mary’s and Gilman for the sixth and final entry into the playoffs, which get underway next Friday. In a three-way tie, since St. Mary’s defeated Gilman and Gilman downed Severn, all three teams would be 1-1 in the head-to-head comparison. St. Mary’s, however, would win that tie-break by virtue of a win over St. Paul’s, the highest seed any of the three have beaten.
At 3-5, St. Mary’s trails Gilman by a half game heading into Friday’s action. The Greyhounds need to win their final two games, at home against No. 2 Boys’ Latin on Friday and at No. 3 McDonogh on Tuesday, to control their playoff destiny. If Gilman were to pull a pair of upsets, it will go to the post-season and probably improve its seeding. Should they win only once, they would need St. Mary’s to lose it’s final game, Tuesday at Mount St. Joseph. Should the Greyhounds lose both, St. Mary’s will claim the sixth seed even it loses to St. Joe.