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Aug. 19, 2015 — The greatest rivalry in girls’ lacrosse has two new faces

There’s something special that is conjured up when you mention the words “Severna Park” and “Annapolis” in the same sentence.

The nation’s best girls’ lacrosse rivalry, declared this site about a decade and a half ago.

And while there are others which have long-established ties across families and regions and small towns across the nation, the parallels between these two programs are always apparent.

This week, Annapolis (Md.) head coach Dave Gehrdes announced he would be stepping down from the post of head coach after a 23 seasons in the position. He follows former U.S. international Carin Peterson, who left Severna Park (Md.) after the 2014 season after 25 years.

Together, these two coaches and two programs were massively impressive, even in an era that has seen Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) and Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) dominate their particular leagues and regions within the state of Maryland.

Gehrdes’ Panthers won three state championships in the late 1990s. Between 1996 and 2003, Annapolis made the state final five times. Severna Park, for its part, won 12 state championships.

The rivalry between the two schools, however, has been unbalanced the last three years, Since Annapolis beat the Falcons 7-6 on April 27, 2012, the Panthers are 0-3 against their regional rivals.

But time goes on, and rivalries run deep. New faces in the coaching box will bring new ideas but old memories. I have a feeling the next meeting between these two sides will be a good one.

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