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Severna Park boys win Maryland 4A/3A lacrosse title

By Christian Swezey
Thursday, May 27, 2010; D06

CATONSVILLE, MD. -- The seniors on the Severna Park boys' lacrosse team took it upon themselves to do little things like carry water to the huddle during timeouts, move the goals off the field after games and bring balls to pregame shooting drills.

For their last trick, they carried the 4A/3A state championship trophy off the field. The Falcons won their fifth state title and set a school record for victories in a season with a 13-7 win over Wootton in the title game Wednesday night at UMBC.

"We knew we had enough talent to make it a pretty special season," said attackman Adam MacBride, who finished with two goals and four assists. "And I think we did that."

The ninth-ranked Patriots (13-4) were attempting to become the first Montgomery County team to win a state championship. Severna Park had previously beaten Wootton, 11-2, on March 26.

On Wednesday, in one sense the Patriots got off to a decent start. Senior Michael Brailovsky won the first four faceoffs and Wootton had the ball for five of the first seven minutes.

When the stretch ended, however, Severna Park led 3-1 following a goal by senior Ryan Norton with 4 minutes 57 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Patriots threatened in the second half. Senior Jeff Zifrony scored twice and the Patriots closed to 10-7 following a goal by junior Alex Kyle early in the fourth quarter.

But MacBride had a goal and an assist in less than one minute to push the lead to 12-7 with 7:08 to play.

Zifrony and senior Tim Lenardo each scored two goals for Wootton.

"We came out slow," Lenardo said. "And that kills you in a game like this."

Brailovsky won 13 of 21 faceoffs and, in two meetings against Severna Park, he won 24 of 36.

But the Severna Park seniors made sure to overcome the obstacle on faceoffs. In all, seniors accounted for every Falcons goal. Scotty Steele led the way with three goals.

"I've been involved in lacrosse for a long time as a player and coach," Severna Park Coach Larry Kramer said. "And a 20-0 season doesn't come around too often. I think this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Tough losses: Including Wednesday night, Wootton lost twice to 4A/3A champion Severna Park and once to Gonzaga, which won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Future Friars: Severna Park senior Adam MacBride (40 goals) is one of four area attackmen who will play for Providence next year. All four scored at least 34 goals but not more than 40.

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