Severna Park sophomore goalkeeper Mike Gvozden knew it would take some time, especially with a new coach and without the talented group of seniors that led last year's squad to the Maryland 4A championship game. But in the preseason, Gvozden promised that at some point this year, everything would click for the Falcons.
That sometime came last night in the second half of No. 10 Severna Park's 11-7 victory over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Broadneck in the Anne Arundel County championship game at Arundel High.
In the final 24 minutes, the Falcons (11-4) dominated possession, not allowing a Broadneck shot until 6 minutes 40 seconds remained in the fourth quarter. Severna Park outshot Broadneck by a 21-9 margin and scored five of the final six goals after the game had been tied at halftime. With the victory, Severna Park claimed its third straight county title and fourth in the nine-year history of the game.
"It's about time," Gvozden said. "That was Severna Park."
Senior Andrew Lusby led the Falcons with four goals and an assist, and junior Ben Hunt had three goals and an assist as Severna Park's offense was much more efficient than it had been in a 6-5 loss to Broadneck on April 20. Six of the Falcons' goals last night were assisted, including the five that came in transition.
"They outplayed us in every phase of the game," said Broadneck Coach Clay White, whose Bruins lost to Severna Park for the sixth time in the teams' past seven meetings and fell to 14-1 on the year.
In the first half of last night's doubleheader, the fifth-ranked Broadneck girls defeated No. 4 South River, 13-6, to claim the program's first county title. The Bruins had lost in the county championship game the past two seasons.
Senior midfielder Allie Johnson led the Bruins (12-3) with six goals, including four straight in a 7:53 stretch of the second half that gave Broadneck breathing room after South River (13-2) had pulled within 8-6.
Like the Severna Park boys, the Broadneck girls reversed a regular season loss last night. South River had beaten the Bruins just a week earlier, 17-11.
"We decided that last week they picked the wrong game to win," Johnson said.
Led by senior goalie Megan Millhausen (10 saves), the Broadneck defense held the high-powered Seahawks to more than 10 goals below their average.