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Story And Photos By Colin A.J. Murphy

The Severna Park girls’ lacrosse team is picking up right where it left off.

4A state champions a year ago, the Falcons return a wealth of talented players in key spots as they look to repeat in 2012, and they have been downright dominant throughout the season’s first two weeks. In their first three county games against Old Mill, Chesapeake, and Northeast—all victories—the Falcons outscored their opponents by a combined 75-8 margin. Upcoming meetings with strong county rivals Broadneck, South River, and Southern, as well as out-of-conference matchups with IAAM A Conference powers Severn and Archbishop Spalding promise to give the Falcons more of a challenge. But the recent convincing victories and the still-fresh state hardware in the trophy case make the Falcons the team to beat at this early stage of the season.

“We’ve got key people in key spots, but we’ve got to learn quickly,” said Head Coach Carin Peterson following the home win over Chesapeake on March 23. “We’re pretty young, so we’ve got to learn quickly and play smart, and that’s what I’m hoping for.”

The Falcons were able to learn quickly and adjust their play accordingly in the game against Chesapeake. An up-and-down first half saw the Falcons notch four goals, one each by Abby Walker, Morgan Torggler, Erika Spilker, and Ally Adams. But the scores came on 17 shot attempts, giving the Falcons a shooting percentage well below the 50-percent Mendoza line Peterson expects from her girls. The scrappy Cougars got two goals from senior Holly Lucke to finish the half behind only two scores at 4-2.

“It was all about shot selection,” said Peterson about the team’s first-half performance. “They weren’t looking, they were just shooting and hoping. [Chesapeake’s] goalie made some really nice saves, but we’ve got to learn to put the shots where she tells us to.”

The Falcons took Peterson’s halftime directives and executed well in the second period, reading the defense and goalie and shooting at a significantly higher clip. Torggler notched five goals in the frame to finish with six for the game. Ryan Bathras also scored five in the half, while two goals apiece by Adams and sophomore Julianna Ricci added up to an 18-4 win for Severna Park.

Against Northeast the following week on March 27, three goals from both Bathras and junior Eliza Mott, two scores apiece by Torggler and Courtney Wells, and goals by Adams, Ricci, Walker, Andrea Holterman, Kelsey Kirk, Jeanne Angeles, and Morgan Merkert combined for a 17-3 win against the overmatched Eagles, and the Falcons stand at 3-0 in county play as of March 30.

Peterson stressed a straightforward message as the team prepares to face increasingly tougher competition in the weeks ahead. “Learn to play like a team, learn to play smart, and you’ll do well,” she said.

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