State girls lacrosse championships

High Schools

May 25, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham, Edward Lee and Katherine Dunn

At UMBC

Today

No. 11 Century (16-2) vs. Southern-AA (10-6)

Class: 2A-1A

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: In its second year of varsity play, Century will try to take the final step after finishing as runner-up to Hereford last spring. To do so, the Knights will have to get past an experienced Southern team from Anne Arundel that boasts 10 seniors and is riding an emotional wave with coach Linda Kilpatrick stepping down after 18 seasons. Seniors Kelly Kasper (Maryland-bound) and Lauren Schwarzmann (Johns Hopkins), the key components in the Knights' girls soccer state title in the fall, lead the attack, with fellow senior goalie Ashley Benitez anchoring the defense. Kilpatrick, whose 167-99 career mark includes three Class B-C state titles from 1987-1989, will need a big game from goalie Amanda Church, continued strong play in the middle from Abbey Smith and more scoring from Melissa Line, who had six goals in the Bulldogs' 10-6 win over Loch Raven in Saturday's semifinal.

No. 2 Mount Hebron (17-0) vs. No. 15 Catonsville (15-3)

Class: 3A-2A

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: Few teams have been able to derail the Vikings express, especially when it comes to state championships. Mount Hebron has captured seven consecutive state titles and 11 of the past 12, losing only to Annapolis in 1996. Despite the graduation of five first-team and two second-team All-Metro selections, this year's Vikings squad has hardly missed a beat. Anchored by Ohio State-bound attack Kristen Slahor (58 goals, 56 assists) and sophomore midfielder Megan Bosica (65, 18), North region champion Mount Hebron has outscored its opponents, 356-33. The onus will be on the Comets, the East region titlists making their first appearance in a state final since winning the program's only state crown in 1996. Catonsville, which upended then-No. 13 Towson and three-time Class 2A-1A state champion Hereford to reach the state semifinals, will look to Richmond-bound attack Claire Cunniff (51, 12) and Richmond-bound goalie Claire Castle (116 saves).

Tomorrow

No. 3 C. Milton Wright (16-1) vs. Westminster (9-6)

Class: 4A-3A

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: Last year's 9-8 sudden-death state-final loss to Broadneck still stings the Mustangs, who led 6-1. The Owls are the new kids on the block, in their first appearance in the state final. The Mustangs have been to the state final six times since 1993 without a title. The two teams have only one common opponent this season - Century. The Mustangs won, 10-6, while the Owls lost to their Carroll County foe, 14-4. Coach Carl Greenberg's Mustangs are led by senior attacks Christina Frank (61 goals, 13 assists) and Katie McHugh (27, 26) and senior midfielder Kadie Stamper (40, 22). Senior goalie Amanda Barnes stepped in to make 13 saves in the 13-10 semifinal win over No. 5 South River after Jessica Dibelka broke her hand earlier in the tournament. Coach Mary Beth Francis' Owls rely on sophomore attack Brittany Baer (57, 8), who had seven goals in the 13-5 semifinal win over Walt Whitman. Senior defender Amanda Diehl (13, 16) and senior goalie Eboni Preston (104 saves) anchor the backfield.

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