South River Girls Top Arundel, 13-5

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Four goals and two assists by Caitlin Blanche, three goals by Courtney Fegan, two goals by Madison Carter and one goal apiece by Kacie Longo and Kassidy Bresnahan helped the visiting South River girls lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over Arundel on March 29.

Assists by Bresnahan and Madeline Szanyi and five saves by Meredith Obear allowed the Seahawks to overcome Carly Wilson’s three goals and an assist for the Wildcats, who also received goals from Madi Newman and Hannah Coakley and 12 saves from Shannon Davis in the loss.

The win was much needed for a South River team that at 3-2 as of April 7 is currently looking up at its two main rivals, Broadneck (3-2, 2-1) and Severna Park (3-0), after falling to the Bruins 11-10 on March 26 and to the Falcons 11-9 on April 4.

Because of a new scheduling setup, South River will play the Bruins and Falcons twice this year, so the county’s big three will be doubly battle-tested come playoff time.

First-year South River head coach Sam Farrell was pleased to see her girls rebound from the loss to Broadneck, in which the Seahawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead but couldn’t hold on against the reigning 4A/3A state champions.

“That was a tough loss, so we knew we had to come out on this one hard,” said Farrell. “That game could have gone either way. We needed to boost our confidence a little, so I think this was a good win for us.”

Asked the ceiling for this year’s team, Farrell said the Seahawks’ potential for greatness has been evident even in the team’s losses.

“This team can do anything,” said Farrell. “It’s obvious from the Broadneck game. That game could have gone either way. It’s clear that they can stick in against any of the big teams. They’re a great team. From defense through the midfield to the offense, there’s talent everywhere. The speed is incredible. Our middies, Madeline, Madison and Kacie are great through that midfield, great on both ends, and we have an extremely solid defense. All four of those defenders are so good, so [it’s] a pretty good group of girls this year.”

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