In a rematch and reversal of last season’s state final, the South River boys’ lacrosse team jumped out to a commanding lead over Westminster in the Class 4A/3A title game at UMBC on May 22, put up with a 24-hour postponement due to weather and ultimately watched as the Owls stormed back from 6-1 down to avenge last season’s defeat to the Seahawks and claim the state championship with a 13-10 win.
The flow and result of the game provided an almost surreal mirror-image of last season’s title game, when Westminster raced out to a 7-0 lead only to see the Seahawks surge back to life and run past the Owls for a 10-8 win. That victory—also complete with an extended delay due to thunder and lightning—gave the Seahawks a state championship and a perfect 20-0 record.
The loss caps an incredible three-year stretch for South River. Over 200 Maryland high school lacrosse programs can only dream of the level of success the Seahawks have experienced since the start of the 2011 season: South River has posted a 54-8 overall record since 2011 and appeared in three consecutive state finals, winning the championship over Westminster in 2012.