For the first time in a long while, Severna Park had its mettle tested: Oakland Mills took a second-half lead that left the Falcons trailing for the first time all season.

But Severna Park scored twice in three minutes to claim its third consecutive Maryland 4A/3A title with a 2-1 victory at Arundel.

Senior forward Michelle Cope took a lead pass from Betsy Anderson about 40 yards that eluded Oakland Mills's Mandi Kolste, who was playing with a heavily wrapped left hamstring. Cope pulled away from the defense and beat goalie Jenny Golding to the left side of the goal at 48:01 for the game-winner.

"We had to suck it up," Anderson said. "We had to give it everything we had because we worked so hard to be here. Everyone always says how Anne Arundel can't do this and Anne Arundel can't do that and today we proved them all wrong."

Anderson is one of six seniors and the only true four-year starter on a Severna Park team with a long list of accomplishments, most notably three state titles and an undefeated streak of 46-0-1.

"This championship is more exciting," said Severna Park Coach Joyce Stefancik. "Not that we didn't beat good teams before, but I think that there was a very skilled team out there."

Mia Dammen scored at 42:49 for Oakland Mills (12-3).