BURTONSVILLE — It's been a while since a senior class from Severna Park graduated without a girls lacrosse state championship.
While that streak was in jeopardy coming into the season, the Falcons' current group of seniors made sure they got their title before going their separate ways soon.
Alex Miller scored three goals and Hunter Chadwick added two goals and an assist to lead Severna Park to a 10-5 victory over Dulaney on Wednesday night in the Class 4A state final at Paint Branch High School.
"It's huge. I'm so excited and so proud," said Falcons' coach Kaitlyn Hines, who won her second state title. "We did what we set out to accomplish. At the beginning of the year, we said we were going to states, and not only are we going, we're winning. And we did it."
Severna Park (19-1) won its 14th state title and first since 2015, which was a year before the current group of seniors arrived on campus. The Falcons, who improved to 14-3 in state finals, moved to within one of Mount Hebron for the most titles in Maryland girls' lacrosse history.
The Falcons pointed to a loss to South River in the county championship game --their only loss of the year — that allowed them to refocus for the playoff run.
"I think that game really gave us a reality check," Chadwick said. "It showed that we are beatable, and that if we work together as a team we will be unstoppable, but when we try to work individually, one girl can't win the game for us."
Severna Park keeper Delaney Ott (nine saves) set the tone with three saves in the game's first two minutes. The Falcons then rattled off three quick goals from Miller, Chadwick and Haliey Blachly. Chadwick scored her second of the game five minutes later for a 4-0 lead, 30 seconds before the Lions got on the board on a goal from Rowan Burke.
"That was huge," said Hines, on Ott's early stops. "I've been saying it all year. She's phenomenal in the cage and I feel so secure back there. I don't know what I'm going to do without her next year."
Maddy Brady and Miller added goals to push the lead to 6-1 before Burke answered with her second to cut Dulaney's deficit to four with eight minutes left in the half.
The Falcons went scoreless for more than seven minutes and the Lions pulled within three, but Miller scored with 57 seconds left and the Falcons went into halftime with a 7-3 advantage.
After the Lions' third goal that came with 6:36 left in the first half, they went scoreless until the 7:15 mark of the second. By then, the Falcons added goals from Cam Chew and Julia Putzi to extend the lead.
Dulaney pulled to 9-4 with 7:15 left then won the ensuing draw, but Ott made a pair of saves 45 seconds apart to preserve the five-goal cushion.
Senior Brooke Atcheson scored a late goal to cap the scoring for Severna Park.
For the Severna Park seniors, they didn't want to duplicate the felling they had after falling in the state final two years ago.
"I think we wanted to make our alumni proud," Miller said. "Being Severna Park, there's always someone pushing us and everyone wants to play us. Making our alumni proud was a big thing."
Chadwick specifically remembers the feeling the team had after dropping that game to Bel Air in the 2017 final.
"Playing my sophomore year in the game and running back toward the opposing goal turning around and hearing the cheering and seeing the ball in the net in the last 11 seconds," she said. "That just really fueled our fire for last year and this year. Our seniors were really good about getting everyone excited and making everyone want to be here."
"We came into this game knowing that we were going to have to be firing on all cylinders," Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow said. "We needed to have to have a pretty perfect game to come up against Severna Park. They're a quality team. They're fast, athletic and strong."
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