Admirals Run It Up Early, Take One From Falcons
Severn defenseman Mark Staines and Severna Park attackman Chris Hunt were planning on carpooling with their families on a trip to Charlottesville to see their respective brothers play for North Carolina in a game against Virginia yesterday.
But after Staines held Hunt to a fast-break goal and an assist in Severn’s convincing 13-9 road win over the defending 4A/3A state champions, the plans may have changed.
“That might be an awkward ride,” Staines said with a chuckle.
Severn and Severna Park’s neighborhood rivalry is more friendly than bitter, players said, because they know almost everybody on the other team and because they are in separate conferences. Private Severn (5-4) has taken its lumps in the MIAA, and Severna Park (4-1) is atop the Maryland public schools.
But for each program, the game means bragging rights. For Severn, it’s showing it’s the best team in Anne Arundel County. For Severna Park, yesterday meant proving its state title legitimizes it as a top Maryland team, public or private.
So when one team loses, the other hears about it for the next year. And Hunt figured why volunteer for any more.
“I’m not going down” to Virginia, Hunt said. “I’m not sure. We were talking about it. I’m not up for a four-hour drive and all. I’m trying to enjoy my break.”
Virginia-bound Severn senior midfielder Nick Elsmo started the scoring with an unassisted goal 1 minute 15 seconds into the game. Severn had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on a 7-2 run in the second in large part be- cause of an 8-2 faceoff advantage, thanks to Elsmo and junior Michael Roe.
The rivalry heated up in the second half, once snow began falling. Severn’s Stewart D’Ambrogi struck first to give the Admirals their biggest lead of the game at 10-2, but the Falcons responded with three straight goals to close the third quarter, including two from senior Colby Rhodes.
Severna Park wasn’t going to let what a couple players called their biggest game on the schedule turn into a rout. But as Elsmo came off the field following his third goal, he yelled out to his team, “Don’t die on me, black!” and the Admirals secured another year of pride.
Severna Park’s Sam Jones, right, is unable to stop Severn senior midfielder Nick Elsmo, who opened the scoring 1 minute 15 seconds into the game.