South River senior attack Frannie Sullivan scored as time expired in overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Seahawks to a 14-13 victory over third-ranked and two-time defending Maryland 4A/3A champion Broadneck in the 4A/3A East Region final yesterday in Annapolis.
Sullivan's goal, off a pass from senior midfielder Jen May, was the last of three scored in the final 29 seconds of the extra session. Broadneck (13-4) had forced overtime by scoring in the final minute of regulation.
In the second three-minute overtime period, Sullivan scored off a pass from sophomore attack Jill Hodges with 29 seconds remaining, but Broadneck senior midfielder Caroline Coe ran right down the field and scored the tying goal with 11 seconds left.
South River (14-2) was awarded possession after the ball went out of bounds, and sophomore midfielder Natalie Cullers passed the ball to May, who drew a double-team and passed to a wide-open Sullivan. Her goal sent the South River bench storming onto the field to celebrate the team's first state tournament berth in four years.
"That was the greatest game I've ever played, and for it to end the way it did was just incredible," said Sullivan, who scored a team-high three goals to go with two assists. "When I got the ball at the end I was thinking, please don't miss, our team has worked too hard to get this far."
South River (14-2) will face the 4A/3A South champion -- C.M. Wright or Dulaney -- in the state semifinals on Friday or Saturday at Annapolis High. The Seahawks are seeking their first state title.
The victory came eight days after the teams' last meeting, when Broadneck cruised to victory in the Anne Arundel County championship game.
Severna Park Wins
For the third straight year and the fifth time in the last six years, the Severna Park boys' lacrosse team is heading to the state semifinals.
Last night at Annapolis High, the 10th-ranked Falcons defeated the host Panthers, 9-5, to win the Maryland 4A/3A East Region championship.
"Our goal from the beginning of the season was to make it to the state finals," said first-year Severna Park coach Jim Beardmore, the third coach in three years to lead the Falcons to a region title. "We're not trying to be arrogant, but you have to have goals. We were there last year and they lost, so our goal all season long was get back to states."
The Falcons (14-4) will face the winner of the 4A/3A South Region final -- Dulaney or Parkville -- Friday or Saturday in the state semifinals at Annapolis High. Dulaney has won four straight state championships, beating Severna Park in three of them, including by one goal in each of the last two state finals.
Severna Park juniors Davy Jo Ruppert and Ben Hunt had three goals apiece yesterday to lead the Falcons, and standout sophomore goalie Mike Gvozden made 17 saves.
"I have the best goalie in the state," Beardmore said. "How come I'm able to play a very aggressive style of riding, a very aggressive style of defense? Because I know if I have a defensive breakdown I'll have a very good goalie back there."
Annapolis, which won the Maryland 3A/2A state title last season before moving up to 4A/3A, finished 12-4, with three of its losses coming to Severna Park.
Walter Johnson Wins Thriller
Walter Johnson sophomore attack man Joe Brody didn't score a goal during regulation of the Wildcats' Maryland 4A/3A West Region championship game against Whitman last night in Bethesda, but when he got the ball on offense late in overtime, he had no doubt what he'd do with it.
Brody drove to the cage and fired the game-winner into the upper left corner to give Walter Johnson a dramatic 13-12 win over Whitman.
"Right when I got the ball, I thought, 'This is mine, this is my turn,' " Brody said. "I've got to step my play up right now."
The top-seeded Vikings (13-3) beat Whitman (11-6) in sudden-death for the second-time this year to clinch a spot in the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Whitman made several valiant comebacks after falling behind 3-0, 5-2 and 12-8, as Walter Johnson senior Kaveh Saba had five goals and senior Alex Chaudry added four goals.
The Vikings scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and had a shot to win in overtime. Senior attack Rob Shaut and junior Noah Hopkins had three goals apiece.
"We played a great game," Whitman Coach Kevin Pope said. "There's nothing to be ashamed of. We made two comebacks from three goals down and one from four goals down."
In the girls' region championship that followed, featuring the same teams, Whitman burst to an early lead and cruised to a 12-4 win.
Junior Krissy Bentolila had five goals and three assists to lead the Vikings (11-4). Sophomore Carolyn Dorman added four goals, three coming on nice passes from her teammates.
"I was making some hard cuts" to the goal, Dorman said. "Everyone was working together."
Special correspondent Sean P. Flynn contributed to this report.