May 21, 2018

Boys lax: Severna Park meets effort with execution, captures 4A/3A state crown

OWINGS MILLS — When Ethan Carr came into high school as a freshman, his peers inflated expectations for his graduating class at Severna Park.

Not one, not two, not three, but four state championships were deemed possible with the talent deployed. Entering this year with zero titles in the first three years seemed far too underwhelming for Carr and the rest of the Severna Park boys lacrosse team.

“As a freshman, people would say, ‘Oh, with the talent you guys have, you should be able to win at least three state championships by the time you graduate’,” Carr said. “But we haven’t put in the work. The past three years, the work hasn’t been there.”

This year, however, had a different vibe than the previous three seasons. A fire was lit under the Falcons boys lacrosse team that was hungry to halt the six year absence from hoisting the state champion plaque once again.

On Wednesday night, Severna Park (17-3) capped off a campaign that featured tireless effort and undeniable work ethic to be crowned Class 4A/3A state champions with the dismantling of Howard, 9-3.

“To have it end like that, it’s an amazing feeling,” said Carr, the Army West Point commit. “Almost like a weight lifted off your shoulders bringing the trophy back.”

In the middle of April, Severna Park thumped Howard 13-5 in their ninth game of the season. So when Howard held a 1-0 lead at 6:30 mark in the first quarter, it appeared the tides changed.

Carr took matters into his own hands as 2 minutes and 27 seconds later, he rocketed a goal into the top right corner, sneaking the Falcons’ first score of the contest past standout Howard goalkeeper, Collin McClelland. Carr’s rifle shot would fuel a 7-0 run, in which lasted the next 23 minutes and 7 seconds.

The Falcons moved the ball sharply during their monstrous run, getting two goals from Trevor Patschorke and one goal from Josh Coffman, Paul Ruppert, Cian Chung, and Michael Zichelli.

“Give them credit,” McClelland said, the All-County goaltender who made eight saves. “They’re a terrific shooting team.”


By the waning minutes of the third quarter, Severna Park held a six goal lead, and would put it in cruise control for the rest of the way out.

For Carr, he knew from the first day of practice the 2016 season would be the year that would end the previously underwhelming performances. In 2013 as a freshman, he contributed to the Falcons’ state champion soccer team.

“When you’re on a state championship team, you know the first day,” Carr said. “There’s always a different feel in practice.”

Severna Park head coach Dave Earl said they almost executed their gameplan to perfection — to carry momentum over from their 13 game win-streak, exploit the Howard zone defense, and continue to trust one another on offense.


“This is a testament to what they did,” head coach Dave Earl said. “When you show up and work hard, you do great things.”

Cian Chung added his second goal of the night with 0.6 seconds remaining in the contest. Mark Brunner paced Howard (14-5) with two goals. Severna Park goaltender Barret Castro made four saves.

“It’s something you dream of, like as a kid,” Carr said. “Any sort of championship is a big deal.”

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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