Victories in the Class 2A/1A girls lacrosse semifinals yesterday set up a showdown between No. 1 Loch Raven and No. 2 Mount Hebron for Tuesday's state title game.
Both defending champ Loch Raven (15-0) and Mount Hebron (17-0) staged impressive offensive performances in the semifinals at Catonsville Community College. Loch Raven won, 12-3, over No. 5 Fallston (14-1) while Mount Hebron topped No. 8 Southern-AA, 17-8.
"We both have powerhouse offenses," said Mount Hebron coach P. J. Kesmodel of his impending meeting with Loch Raven Tuesday night at 7 at Catonsville. "We're going to score and they're going to score. It's going to come down to whoever gets the ball the most."
Neither team had much trouble getting the ball in its semifinal. Both teams ran out to big first-half leads and never looked back.
Loch Raven, which has a 67-game winning streak dating back six years, took a 9-1 lead on Fallston (14-1) in the first half. The Harford County champion Cougars just couldn't stop the Raiders' attack, especially Michele DeJuliis, who scored seven goals.
The junior third home led her teammates through a clinic on passing, catching, shooting and vacuuming up the ground balls. Her first two goals, the first of the game, came after leaping catches. Both times, she pulled in her crosse, spun and perfectly placed her shot.
"She's phenomenal," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "Wherever you throw it, she catches it. She can play everything within a 10-foot radius just about."
By the end of the game, DeJuliis had raised her season totals to 82 goals and 29 assists.
As sensational as DeJuliis was, the Raiders were far from a one-girl team. They dominated offensively with accurate passing and perfectly executed scoring plays. In the first half, they outshot Fallston, 20-8. Loch Raven broke out to 5-0 lead.
Misty Doonis and Robyn Disney had two goals each for the Raiders. Shelley Klaes had a goal and three assists raising her season assist total to 88. Heather Kormanik also had three assists.
L Loch Raven also played excellent defense all over the field.