As Alyssa Chung sat in the penalty area for two minutes, watching Towson start their rally in Thursday’s 3A girls lacrosse championship game, the Severna Park junior didn’t panic.
Nor did her teammates. After all, they’d experienced this before. Instead, she and the Falcons set about stemming the tide.
Shortly after her penalty time expired, Chung scored her fourth goal of the game, to help Severna Park survive the storm and hold firm for a 12-8 win, earning the Falcons their 15th state championship in program history.
The situation Severna Park faced was eerily reminiscent of two recent encounters: a loss to Marriotts Ridge in the 2022 final where the Falcons built a big lead, and last week’s 3A state semifinal against Westminster, where they rallied from five goals down to win in overtime. Yet they leaned on those experiences, and their “push-it” offense, to keep Towson at bay.
“We had been here before, not only last year, but also in the semifinals against Westminster,” said Chung. “We knew that if we could come back in that game, that they could come back in this one. We just ran like someone was chasing us and kept trying to score goals.”
Each time Towson tried to claw back into the game, the Falcons won a key draw and pushed the tempo.
“We have a push-it offense, where we want to get the ball and go,” said Severna Park coach Annie Houghton. “We don’t need to go right down and shoot, but we want to push it, and we were able to do that a few times today.”
Charlotte Diez, whose late-game heroics propelled Severna Park into the final, had three goals and an assist, while Regan McDonnell scored twice and added an assist. Maria Bragg scored once and added an assist, while Sara Kreis and Stella Bordone each also scored.
But it was the Severna Park defense that carried the game, limiting Towson’s opportunities and making goalie Allison Schiavone’s life easy. She made just three saves in the victory, which helped Severna Park equal the state record for most girls lacrosse championships.
“We knew who was going to be around the circle and we knew who we needed to be around there defensively,” said Houghton. “I can’t say enough about our defense.”
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