Broad Run’s strange, wild regular season was left behind Wednesday evening in the Cedar District semifinals against Osbourn as the young side turned in its most dominant performance to date with a 7-2 win.
The victory was just the second win of the month for the Spartans. It signified the return of a potent offense that has shown flashes this spring. It advanced Broad Run (10-3-3) to Friday’s district final against Battlefield. And it brought the Spartans’ Michael Margulis closer to returning to the state tournament, a stage he only experienced as a freshman reserve in 2010.
“I look back on it, and it feels just like yesterday that I was down at Radford as a freshman, in the state semifinals, just watching ” Margulis said of the Spartans’ 2010 postseason run when they were still competing in AA. “’I just sit back and think to myself, “Where has the time gone?”’
When compared to the 2013 team, there weren’t many similairities in the two team’s regular season trajectories; three years ago, Broad Run was 12-0 in conference play and didn’t lose back to back games all season. The Spartans finished 19-3 after losing in a state semifinal to Blacksburg.
But that was an unlikely run for the school, too, Margulis said.
“It was a really special run in ,” Margulis said. “I saw the guys that left and how devastated they were, and I just wanted to try and build on what they created — this program at Broad Run that had become so prolific and so good.”
Margulis, who was a near-unanimous coach’s pick as the Cedar Run District’s player of the year, has been prolific as a senior. His production continued with two goals in Wednesday’s rout over Osbourn, pushing his total to 12 this season (three multi-goal games) and allowing his coach, Jon Hicks, to play him as a center-back in the second half in order to preserve the lead.
Margulis’s versatility makes him a valuable asset to Longwood’s incoming recruiting class – which includes W.T. Woodson goalkeeper Carlos Canas – but first, Margulis is turning his attention to a Battlefield team that gave Broad Run all kinds of problems this season. The Bobcats (6-4-2) also gave the Spartans a pivotal moment in the season, Margulis said. Broad Run went down a man due to a red card while trailing in the second half of a meeting with Battlefield on April 12, but the Spartans found a way to pull even and push it to overtime, and eventually won the “gut-check game” on a late goal in the extra period.
Broad Run has played in four overtime games this season. It’s longest winning streak was four games in the middle of April, and it overcame two losses to Freedom-South Riding (including in the regular season finale) to win the regular season title. It hopes to add a district tournament banner Friday.
“It’s been a year of ups and downs,” Margulis said. “I feel like we can really make a run at the state title, possibly. I think we’re really coming together as a team at the right time. We’re starting to play well. And I just think, “Why not?”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 18
The number of consecutive Independent School League AA Tournament titles won by the top-ranked St. Stephens/St. Agnes girls’ lacrosse team after a hard-fought 14-12 victory over No. 2 Georgetown Visitation on Wednesday.
PHOTOS FROM LAST NIGHT
VIDEO FROM LAST NIGHT
Highlights and interviews from the Saints’ ISL-AA title game victory over Georgetown Visitation.
— Broadneck goalie Natalee Easthom shook off a rocky start and came up with a clutch save in the final moments of the Bruins 14-13 win over South River in the Maryland 4A/3A East Region final in girls lacrosse Wednesday.
— La Plata used a pair of key home runs to floor Chopticon in the Maryland 3A South baseball semifinals Wednesday.
— Georgetown Prep continued its strong tradition of winning in the Washington Private Schools Championship golf tournament, claiming its 16th title Wednesday thanks to timely putting from a budding star.
— After surviving Hodgkin Lymphoma, Lee catcher MaryAnn Lavelle has provided leadership, inspiration and clutch play for the Lancers in this, her lone season on the school’s varsity team.
— Looking to rebound after a 3-24 season that was mired in coaching controversy, Archbishop Carroll announced Tim Fudd as its new boys basketball coach Wednesday.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Mid-Atlantic Conference baseball championship: Maret vs. Flint Hill, 5:30 p.m.
Fresh off a 4-1 win over Potomac School in the MAC semifinals Wednesday, Flint Hill (21-4) looks to avenge an 11-0 loss to Maret back on May 3. That will be a tall task, given that the Frogs (22-4) have won their past five games by a combined score of 60-0.