State lacrosse championships

May 21, 2002

Today at UMBC Stadium

Boys

Class 2A-1A

Southern-AA (14-4) vs. No. 15 Centennial (15-2)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: For the second time in as many years, the Bulldogs of Anne Arundel County will play for a state crown. Last season, Pikesville hammered Southern, 17-7, in the final, but the Bulldogs - who waylaid Walkersville, 15-7, in a state semifinal - return a squad that has spread the wealth. Attackman Paul Sparacino (53 goals, 38 assists), attackman Pat Hantske (46, 42) and midfielder Dan Witt (31, 35) have posted more than 60 points this season. The Eagles earned a measure of revenge by toppling the state champion Panthers, 7-6, in a state semifinal. Centennial, which has reeled off 13 consecutive victories, is powered by midfielder Evan Calvert (25, 42) and attackman Mike Down (46, 18).

Girls

Class 4A-3A

No. 5 Broadneck (15-3) vs. Dulaney (10-4-1)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: A first-time champion will be crowned in this classification today. Dulaney came close last year before falling to Severna Park, 7-6. The Lions have been to the state tournament 10 times, but this is only the second trip to the state tournament for the Bruins, who were here in 1990. The Bruins dispatched two-time defending champ Severna Park, 4-3, in the regional final. They are led by versatile center Brooke Richards (55 goals, 48 assists) and attacker Kate Scott (33, 39). Dulaney, which slipped past C. Milton Wright 6-5 in the semifinal, is led by attacker Katie Leland, who scored two goals in the semifinal win, and goalie Livvy King.

Class 2A-1A

No. 3 Hereford (16-1) vs. Southern-AA (8-7)

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: This finale features a rematch of last year's title game won by the Bulls, 12-3. Hereford took a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Again this season, the Bulls are loaded with big scorers - led by Chrissy Rude (61, 9), Jessica Allen (41, 20) and Mollie Reese (39, 21). The Bulldogs will try to counter with the same kind of defense that shut down Francis Scott Key's transition in the 11-2 semifinal win. Eight Bulldogs scored in the semifinal with top scorer Lauren Zang (38, 8) sidelined after picking up a red card in the regional final. Bulls goalie Kitt Turnbaugh (.675 save rate) made six key saves in the Bulls' 13-9 semifinal win over Glenelg.

Tomorrow at UMBC Stadium

Boys

Class 3A-2A

No. 14 Annapolis (12-6) vs. Mount Hebron (11-7)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Annapolis has won 12 of its past 14 games, including seven straight, after an 0-4 start. The Panthers are led by attackmen Brian Vetter and Luke Mays, who had six and five points, respectively, in Saturday's 16-5 semifinal win over Seneca Valley. Mount Hebron overcame a 6-1 first-period deficit in its semifinal against Catonsville to win, 18-11. Attackman Kurt Nordhoff led the Vikings with five goals and four assists in that game, and midfielder Shawn Girch dominated on faceoffs. Mount Hebron has won five state titles and Annapolis two.

Class 4A-3A

No. 9 Dulaney (15-2) vs. No. 10 Severna Park (14-4)

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: Dulaney, the two-time defending state champion, has won 15 straight games after losing its first couple to private school powers No. 1 Loyola and No. 2 Boys' Latin. Dulaney, which is led by attackmen Mike Obringer and Kyle Batton, beat the Falcons in the 2000 state championship. Severna Park has an equally potent offense led by Tommy Williams, and a tireless midfield led by Ryan Burns. Dulaney owns two lopsided wins over last year's 3A-2A champ Fallston, a team that easily handled a South River team that won two of three games this year against Severna Park.

Girls

Class 3A-2A

No. 1 Mount Hebron (18-0) vs. No. 15 Annapolis (14-4)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: As much as consistency is confused for monotony, one can't help but marvel at the Vikings' bid for their 10th state title in their 11th straight finals appearance. Leading the way for Mount Hebron are Kristen Waagbo (60, 27), Stephanie Scurachio (44, 33), Lindsay Dutch (41, 10), Melissa McCarthy (37, 9), Chrissy Nicolaus (32, 14) and Maria Bosica (28, 42). The Panthers will rely on midfielder Michelle DeChant (55 goals, 18 assists) and attack Kelsey Mays (36, 29). - - - Compiled by Katherine Dunn, Edward Lee and Lem Satterfield.

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