Madison Carter and Jacquelyn Spalding had three goals each, Alex Watson and Taylor Bresnahan had two apiece, and the South River girls’ lacrosse team answered Broadneck’s second-half rally with one of its own to claim a 12-9 victory in Monday’s Anne Arundel County girls’ lacrosse championship at Northeast High School.
It is the second-consecutive county championship for the Seahawks and came on the strength of a dazzling and efficient offensive performance. The Seahawks twice put together long, uninterrupted stretches of possession punctuated by scores, and they scored five goals on only eight shots in the second half to pull away.
“We have so much offensive power,” said Spalding of the Seahawks’ stretch of six unanswered scores. “You shut down one of us, and there are six other people out there who can score.”
The outcome of the game didn’t so much hang in the balance as it did swing wildly back and forth. Down 3-1 after three minutes of play, South River went on a run of six unanswered goals to take a 7-3 lead, getting scores from Carter, Spalding, Jennie Milligan, Kacie Longo and two from Bresnahan.
Broadneck’s Zoe Earnest stopped the Seahawks’ streak just before halftime to keep the game from slipping away, and South River held a 7-4 lead at half.
The Bruins completely flipped the momentum to open the second, winning the first five draws of the half and getting goals from Natalie Hendricks, Aislinn Probst, Becky Meyer and Kendall Lupinek to improbably take an 8-7 lead.
Even though the Seahawks suddenly trailed, their confidence never wavered.
“We have complete confidence in each other,” said Spalding of the outburst by Broadneck that put the Bruins temporarily ahead. “I got a little worried, but I never lost the feeling that we had it.”
Sure enough, the Seahawks responded. Carter scored on a free-position shot to even the contest, and after Probst put the Bruins back on top with a goal, Spalding, Watson, Carter and Watson again scored the game’s final four goals while killing 13 minutes of clock to put the game away. Elizabeth Duswalt finished with nine saves for the Seahawks in the victory, two in the contest’s final three minutes when Broadneck was making a last-ditch effort to get back into the game.
County plaques and gold medals in hand, the Seahawks turn their attention to the season’s primary mission: winning the program’s first state championship since 2010.
“Win,” said Spalding. “That’s our goal this year, we all trust each other, we’ve come together so much as a family this year, and I think if we work hard and play together, no one can stop us.”