Against Towson in the 3A state quarterfinals, it took Severna Park’s boys lacrosse team nearly a full 48 minutes to score their eight goals.
On Friday night, it took the Falcons less than 10 minutes.
Perhaps awakened by the near-miss earlier in the week, Severna Park flexed their muscles early and often, leaving no room for dramatics in a 23-4 win over Chopticon and booking yet another trip to the state championship game.
“We just came out with energy,” said Severna Park coach Dave Earl. “We maybe didn’t have the same energy (against Towson) until the fourth quarter, but we were able to capture that and put it out on the field tonight.”
There would be no upset bid on Friday, as Severna Park opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the game and regularly found the Chopticon net. Sophomore attacker Jack Fish led the way with seven goals.
“I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Fish said. “They were giving me great passes and opening up good shooting lanes. It was fun to see a bunch of guys score.”
In total, 12 Falcons got their names on the score sheet. In addition to Fish’s haul, Daniel Stack, Tim Sullivan, John Burkhardt, Andrew Myers and Benjamin Ruppert each scored twice. Nolan Grizzle, Duke Sealey, Alex Stroble, Dillon McConnell, Tucker Moran and Hunter Reed also found the net.
Severna Park (15-4) now turns their attention to Stevenson University, where they will compete next week for their seventh straight state championship, and what would be a state record-extending 12th overall title.
There the Falcons will play the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal between Linganore and Mount Hebron.