Towson midfielder Claire Hubbard wasn't too worried about the halftime score of yesterday's Class 3A-2A North regional girls lacrosse championship. Her team trailed North Harford by a goal, but the No. 8 Generals had been a second-half team all season. Hubbard made sure that trend continued, assisting on the first two goals and scoring twice as Towson opened the half with a run that ignited a 13-10 victory for its first regional title since 1999.
"We've had a little trouble this year in the first half. We usually come out slow. I think it's just getting the break, realizing how we're doing and then we always come out really hard in the second half," said Hubbard, who also handled the draws, helping win seven of the first nine in the half, which Towson began with a 7-1 run.
The host Generals (16-1) began to turn the game around late in the first half after Laura Lesnick gave the No. 12 Hawks their biggest lead, 7-4, with 3:11 to go. Megan Byrnes and Kaitlin Feeney scored in the final 1:37 of the half to start a 9-1 Towson run that ended with a goal by Lacey Mahle midway through the second half.
Hubbard, who will play at Stanford next year, got things rolling in the second half, feeding Sarah Clemmens for the tying goal in just 42 seconds and setting up Feeney for the lead 37 seconds later.
"We were running our motion offense and we had a lot of open cutters," Hubbard said.
Mahle scored three of her four goals in the run. For North Harford (14-2), Lesnick scored four goals and Corey Donohoe had three. Both of the Hawks' losses were to Towson, which will advance to meet No. 1 and defending champion Mount Hebron in the state semifinals tomorrow or Saturday.