South River senior Andrew Wildermuth covered the state championship game and gathered first-hand statistics from the matchup. Wildermuth submitted the following article to Patch.
The South River Boys Lacrosse team claimed its second Maryland 4A/3A State title in four years as they rallied past the Westminster Owls—overcoming a 7-0 deficit to start the game and winning it 10-8 as the final whistles sounded.
After the Owls built tremendous momentum throughout the first and second quarters, Tyler White netted the first Seahawk goal with 4:30 remaining in the first half. Following White’s offensive ignition, South River finished the second quarter strong, with three more goals (Chris Carr, Jon Carr, Matt Gaskins) in the remaining few minutes to cut the deficit to three as the teams entered the locker room for half time with the crowd roaring.
After halftime, South River continued its momentous rally, as All-American Ben Chisolm, scored just 53 seconds into the second half, making it 7-5.
With 3:39 left in the quarter, Lavon Chaney, sprinted around the backside of the goal to find DJ Davis to net the game-tying goal at 7-7.
The game was tied 8-8 with 2:19 left in the third quarter and Mike Strange added a power-play goal for the Seahawks with a mere 8.1 seconds left in the quarter, breaking the tie. The crowd erupted in celebration, helping the Seahawks carry momentum into the final quarter of play.
With 5:09 into the fourth quarter, Chisolm, ripped a no-angled safety goal, delivering his team a more comfortable two-goal advantage of 10-8.
As storms approached toward the end of the game, the officials blew the whistles for a lightning and thunder warning, with 2:33 left in the increasingly intense exhibition. Nearly an hour later, fans piled back into UMBC stadium in anticipation to see their team bring home a championship.
In the waning minutes of the game, the Seahawks relied upon their solid defensive play, led by defenders Jordan Kniesly and Stephen Hincks, who, with the help of junior goalie, Nick Marcellino, shut down the desperate Westminster offense. The owls scored no goals for the final 14 minutes of play.
The Seahawks controlled the ball for nearly all of the remaining 2:33, thanks to the quick legs of Chaney and Carr, who played keep away to hold onto the 10-8 lead. The win gave head coach Paul Noone and the South River Seahawks their second Maryland 3A/4A State Championship title in four years.
“I knew that’s all we needed—just one goal, to get the energy going,” White said, who netted the first of eight consecutive South River goals. “The rest of the team did a great job stepping up after that. Four goals in the last five minutes of the second quarter helped us gain some momentum.”
Game Stats: Tyler White (1 goal, 1 assist), Chris Carr (2 goals), Jon Carr (1 goal, 1 assist), Matt Gaskins (1 goal), DJ Davis (1 goal), Lavon Chaney (1 goal, 1 assist), Ben Chisolm (2 goals), Mike Strange (1 goal).