By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/24/12
Severna Park used a seven-goal run in the first half to propel the Falcons to their second straight Maryland State 4A/3A girls’ lacrosse championship tonight with a 13-6 victory over Westminster at UMBC.
The Falcons (18-2), who defeated Westminster in last year’s title game, followed a game plan of accurate shooting, stingy defense, and strong goaltending ( by Camille King) to repeat.
“We told them that they (Westminster) would be ready to go because of what happened last year,” said Severna Park Carin Peterson, who won her 11th title. “And I think our quick start unsettled them, which was great for us mentally.”
Westminster (13-5) opened with a goal by Missy Cohen, but from there the Falcons ran off seven straight goals. In the scoring drive juniors Ryan Bathras had three and Morgan Torggler, an ESPNHS Top 50 Junior, had two scores to go with an assist.
The shot selection was superb during the entire game as the Falcons outshot the Owls, 26-19. The quick ball movement and the fast paced play up and down the field by the midfielders was a key for SP.
“One of things we focused on was putting every piece of our game together from our offense, to the transitions, to the defenders, to the goalie play,” said senior Ally Adams, who scored twice. “Honestly, I think this was our best game all year.”
Falcons senior net minder Camille King had nine saves, many of the key.
Torggler added three goals and an assist and finished with five goals and two assists.
“Honestly I didn’t think we would make it this far,” said the junior midfielder about getting to the title game after losing back-to-back games earlier this month to Annapolis and South River. “From last week when we beat South River, Leonardtown, and Catonsville we got better and better and worked more closely as a team. And today we put everything together.”
The Owls tried to find some life and get back in the game with a goal by Megan Pettine (two goals), but the damage had already been done.
Westminster coach Jackie Stevens said her team overcame lack of experience all season, but its youth showed at times today.
“I think a lot of it was not knowing how to play and compete at this level,” she said.
“They have the skill and they play as a team but (playing at this level) just comes with experience.”
Severna Park 13, Westminster 6
Morgan Torggler 5g, 2a
Ryan Bathras 3g
Ally Adams 2g
Kensey Kirk 2g
Abby Walker 1g
Julianna Ricci 1a
Lizzy Loyd 1a
Camille King 9 saves
Megan Pettine 2g, 1a
Missy Cohen 1g
Meghan Macera 1g
Carolyn Jamison 1g
Tori Mcdonald 1g
Krissy Murphy 1a
Caroline Russell 7 saves