Ad­mi­rals Run It Up Early, Take One From Fal­cons

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Ryan Mink

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.

BY JOHN MCDONNELL — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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.

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