Coming into its April 30 matchup with rival Severna Park, the South River girls’ lacrosse team had not beaten a county opponent by less than 13 goals since the team’s 10-9, season-opening win over Broadneck on March 21. The Seahawks held an 11-2 overall record, 9-0 in county, and were seeking to solidify both their spot in the county title game and one of the four top seeds in the upcoming state playoffs.
Matters never come easily against the perennially strong (and two-time defending state champion) Falcons, but the Seahawks sure made it look that way, dominating the Falcons throughout much of the night on the way to a convincing 16-13 win. A game-high five goals by Alex Watson paced the Seahawks, who held an approximately three-to-one advantage in time of possession. Goals and assists by Madison Carter, Amber Kovalick, Kacie Longo, Taylor Bresnahan, Jacquelyn Spalding, Bella Pyne and Jennie Milligan allowed the Seahawks to lead by as many as seven in the second half, and only a late rally by the Falcons made for a respectable final score.
“Everyone on our attacking end is really quick, and we know we can get the fast break every time,” said Bresnahan, who won nine of 14 draws in the second half. “So our first thing to do is get the fast break, but if we don’t get the fast break, we just pass it around until we can beat someone one-on-one. Anyone on our team can beat anyone one-on-one, so that’s what we go to.”
The win secured South River’s spot in the May 6 county championship against Broadneck, and the Seahawks’ completed a perfect county season on May 3 with a win over Annapolis.
As for the upcoming region playoffs, Bresnahan believes the Seahawks have what it takes to go all the way.
“We’re very confident,” she said, “but at the same time we know we have to work hard and go through all the tough teams. Severna Park’s a really good team. We still have to go through everyone, but we’re pretty confident. It’s our year.”