After a two-year hiatus, Glenelg is back in the state field hockey championships.
The No. 11 Gladiators won the Class 2A South region title by defeating visiting North Harford, 3-0, yesterday.
It was the Howard County champions' 13th shutout. Glenelg has outscored its opposition, 78-4.
Glenelg (15-1-1) will play Rising Sun, a 2-1 winner over North East, in the state semifinals Monday at 2:45 p.m. at Severna Park.
"We're on a mission to play at the University of Maryland [site of the state finals]," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "They want to play there so bad."
North Harford (9-6) had won three straight, including a 4-1 regional semifinal victory over Hammond Tuesday - a game Hawks coach Barb Waite called her team's best performance of the season.
"Maybe we peaked too soon," said Waite. "Usually, we're fast, but we were always a step behind today. We got outhustled."
North Harford, which finished third in Harford County this season, now has not won a regional title since 1998.
Glenelg led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Amanda Yanulevich, her team-leading 20th of the season. Her shot was from inside the stroke line on an assist by Katy Narron with 10:24 left in the half.
"It feels awesome," said Yanulevich of the title victory.
Amanda Tauber scored the second goal with 21:02 left in the game by cutting in from the left behind a defender and converting off a free hit, with Narron again getting the assist.
"I saw the goal was open on the right side and just hit it in," said Tauber, who has seven goals. "This feels like a million bucks."
Kincaid said: "Tauber's goal was nice. She pushed it instead of driving it, just the way she was supposed to."
Ashley Levering scored the third goal with 10:22 left. She carried the ball in and shot to the right post.
"They wowed us at first because they came hard at us," said Levering. "It was a rough game and we're not a physical team."
Glenelg was pinned in its end late in the game, but Kincaid saw that as a positive.
"When you've only allowed four goals, it's always good to get defensive work," she said.
Aly Blum was perfect in goal for Glenelg despite 13 penalty corners by North Harford.
No. 1 Fallston 2, No. 10 Towson 1: A victory in the Class 3A North region final over the No. 10 Generals, assured on Krissy Browning's tip-in goal with 18:52 to play, sent the host Cougars to the state semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 years.
No. 8 Dulaney 3, Perry Hall 0: The Lions allowed only three shots by visiting Perry Hall and got goals from Greta Ostheller and Kelly Watts in the first half to capture the 4A North title and advance to Wednesday's state semifinal against Quince Orchard, a 2-0 winner over Damascus.
Dulaney coach Karen Casperite asked her team to score early and the Lions (15-2) obliged. Ostheller got the Lions on the board with 18:55 remaining in the first half and Watts made it 2-0 nearly 14 minutes later. Alli Evans scored Dulaney's final goal with less than 11 minutes to play in the second half.
No. 5 South River 3, Meade 1: The Seahawks won the 4A East championship behind two goals from sophomore Jill Hodges. South River (15-1) led 1-0 at halftime and pulled away from a pesky Meade squad in the second half.
South River earned 12 penalty corners in the first half, but scored just the one goal against the Mustangs, who made no substitutions in the game's entire 60 minutes.
The Seahawks will play Springbrook, a 2-0 winner over Wootton, in the state semifinals Wednesday at 2:45 at Wilde Lake.
Poolesville 5, Loch Raven 0: The defending Class 1A South champions ran up a 4-0 lead en route to the shutout victory over the visiting Raiders (9-5). Loch Raven's defense of Shannon Murphy, Kristin Huber, Rachel Ports and goalie Kelly Dreisch (11 saves) regrouped in the second half to hold Poolesville to just one late, additional goal.
No. 6 Hereford 7, Pikesville 0: The Bulls erupted for seven second-half goals and recorded their fourth shutout in as many games to claim the Class 2A North title
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 4, North Carroll 1: B-CC scored four unanswered goals to erase a 1-0 deficit and defeat the host Panthers (10-4-1) in the 3A West region final. The Barons will play Fallston Monday at Centennial.