State lacrosse

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May 23, 2000

State lacrosse

Tonight's finals at UMBC Stadium

Class 4A-3A girls No. 3 Severna Park (17-3) vs. No. 10 Liberty (16-2)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Falcons - 20-2 winners over Montgomery County's Walt Whitman in Saturday's semifinal - can expect a tougher time tonight against a Liberty teammaking its second straight appearance in the finals. In advancing, the Lions avenged a season-opening loss to Dulaney with a sturdy 14-6 win on Saturday featuring a four-goal, two-assist performance from senior standout Michelle Allen. The Falcons, who beat two-time defending state champion Annapolis to get out of the East region, rely on the two-way play of senior defender Meg Miller (37 goals, 22 assists), consistent play in the cage from senior Kim Lawton and a balanced attack that features 53-goal scorer Nicki Barnes. The Lions, seeking their first state crown, are making their fourth championship appearance; Severna Park goes after its fifth state title and first since 1993.

-- Glenn P. Graham

Class 4A-3A boys

No. 6 Severna Park (18-2) vs. No. 10 Dulaney (15-2)

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: This rematch of last year's state semifinal game pits the defending champion Falcons of Anne Arundel County against the high-scoring Lions of Baltimore County. Severna Park is led by Maryland-bound standouts M Paul Gillette (25 goals, 58 assists) and D Dave Wagner. A-M Paul Burnett (53, 10) ranks second behind Gillette in ground balls, and M Starke Mueller is third. The Lions have a seven-game winning streak and have outscored their past five opponents by a combined 96-5. A Bret Barrow (57, 32), A Mike Obringer (44, 29) and M Bryant Will (40, 33) lead Dulaney, which routed 2A-1A state finalist, Hereford, 17-5, in its ninth game of the season, and lost only, 10-8, to McDonogh, last year's MIAA A Conference champion.

-- Lem Satterfield

Tomorrow night's finals at UMBC Stadium

Class 2A-1A boys

No. 12 Hereford (14-3) vs. Glenelg (15-4)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off last-second victories that them their second title shots in school history. Hereford is back in the championship game for the first time since winning it in 1996, and Glenelg, of Howard County, for the first time since losing a close one to Hereford's Baltimore County rival, Towson, in 1997. M Matt Miller (41 goals, 12 assists) led Hereford over Mount Hebron in Friday's semifinal, scoring his third goal 36 seconds into overtime. A Kris Davis (41 goals, 28 assists) and M Matt Curtis (34, 27) also lead the Bulls, whose Penn State-bound D, Rob Bateman, has four goals and 22 assists. Glenelg M Ben Dougherty (45, 12) scored the game-winner with 35 seconds left in Saturday's 9-7 win over Queen Anne's, but 6-5 A Zack McQuigg (41, 53) and M Taylor Faris (23, 29) also contributed. McQuigg scored three goals and had three assists against Queen Anne's. Faris, headed for Maryland, ranks No. 1 in ground balls for the Gladiators.

-- Lem Satterfield

Class 3A-2A-1A girls

No. 1 Mount Hebron (18-0) vs. No. 13 Glenelg (17-2)

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: The top-ranked Vikings scored the first 18 goals en route to an 18-3 victory against Glenelg when these two Howard County teams played May 2. Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid, whose husband, Rick, is coaching Glenelg's boys team in the earlier game, said playing the Vikings a second time is a "great opportunity for us. I embrace this chance to play them again." Though the Gladiators are decided underdogs, Kincaid is counting on her team to put up a good battle. "I want us to play well," Kincaid said, "and I want [Mount Hebron] to have to beat us." Mount Hebron, which has won seven state championships in the past eight seasons, is on a 49-game winning streak. Seniors Polly Purcell (57 goals, 63 assists) and Lauren Kickham (66, 29) lead the team on offense, and Courtney Lombard and Katie Zabel on defense. Sophomore Lindsay Lewis (45, 21) and Stephanie Simpson (36, 48) lead the Gladiators, whose only other loss was to second-ranked Bryn Mawr.

-- Stan Rappaport

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