You Should Have Seen
Mike Gvozden, Severna Park
The sophomore goalie seemingly single-handedly kept Dulaney from pulling away in the teams' 4A/3A semifinal game on Saturday, making 19 saves before junior attackman Ben Hunt's goal in the second overtime gave the Falcons a 10-9 victory over the four-time defending 4A/3A champions.
"It seemed like Mike made like 50 saves out there," said Severna Park senior attack Andrew Lusby. "It was like every time Dulaney had a chance to jump out on us, Mike made a great save."
Gvozden made stellar stops -- including many from close range -- against one of the state's most potent offenses: Three Dulaney players had at least 60 goals this season, led by junior Ryan Hoff's 87.
But a year after Gvozden watched Dulaney celebrate a 14-13 victory over his team in the state final -- the third state final in four years in which the Lions had defeated the Falcons -- Gvozden made sure history did not repeat itself.
"All year I thought about how, if I could have knocked just two of their shots away, we would have been state champions," said Gvozden, who has saved 190 of 288 shots this year. "So I used that game to really motivate me this season because I want to experience what they did last year by winning a championship."
Tenth-ranked Severna Park (15-4) advanced to the Maryland 4A/3A final at 4 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC against Westminster or Walter Johnson, in a game that ended too late to be included in this edition.
A.J. Lee, Southern
The senior won all four of his events to lead his boys' outdoor track and field team to the 2A South Region title at Reservoir, as the Bulldogs finished with 114 points in the team standings to defeat Glenelg (110) and DuVal (57).
After Lee won the 100- and 200-yard dashes in 10.61 and 21.93 seconds, respectively, he turned his attention to the field events, where he leapt to victories in the high jump (6 feet 4 inches) and long jump (20-4).
You Should See
State Track Meet
10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
In the final public high school event of the season, Anne Arundel County will look to win its first boys' state title in the team competition since Broadneck in 1995 and its first on the girls' side since Severna Park in 1989.
The county's two defending state champions -- Broadneck's Lauren Centrowitz in the 3,200-meter run and Old Mill's Kevin Barnes in the high jump -- will compete for the last time for their schools before they attend Stanford and Maryland, respectively, next season.
By the Numbers
3 Consecutive state tournament appearances by Southern's baseball team, after it qualified for the event three times in the previous 26 years.
6 Consecutive seasons in which a girls' lacrosse team from Anne Arundel County won the state title in the largest classification of the state tournament before South River lost to C.M. Wright in the 4A/3A semifinals last Friday.
11 Innings played in the 4A East Region final before Thomas Stone's Averill Butler hit a game-winning single to lift his team to a 2-1 victory over Chesapeake, ending the Cougars' bid to make the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
-- JON GALLO