Westminster goalie Lindsay Nichols did everything she could to hold off unbeaten Severna Park in yesterday's state Class 4A-3A girls lacrosse semifinal.
In the end, the No. 2 Falcons figured out how to hit the corners and took too many shots for the freshman goalie to contend with. Despite 21 saves from Nichols, the Falcons came away with a hard-earned 20-7 victory at Annapolis.
The Falcons (19-0) will go after their seventh state title and their first since 2001 when they meet two-time defending champ Dulaney in a rematch of last year's final Tuesday or Wednesday night at UMBC.
Yesterday, Nichols started strong, saving five of the Falcons' first seven shots. She kept the Owls close until early in the second half, but the Falcons had a 46-13 advantage in shots for the game.
"The thing we struggled with was our shooting, but that goalie played a phenomenal game," said Falcons coach Carin Peterson, "and she was one of the reasons why we struggled. We struggled to find the cage and she was on our angles."
Westminster (13-3-1) was within a goal until the final two minutes of the first half, before a three-goal spurt boosted the Falcons' lead to 7-3.
Allison Behringer scored once and Julie Gardner, twice to end the half. Anna Patterson and Hayley Rausch kept the momentum going after the break to increase the lead to 9-3. After Ashleigh Rohrback pulled the Owls within 9-4, the Falcons scored four straight goals, including three from Sam Farrell, to take control for good.
No. 1 Mount Hebron 20, Walkersville 4 -- Alicia Krause gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead just over six minutes into the game and they never trailed en route to their 16th straight state semifinal victory. The Vikings (18-1) advanced to meet No. 9 North Harford for the state Class 3A-2A championship Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. In the semifinal at Reservoir, Jacqueline Giles scored five goals and Krause, Jill Rekart and Monica Zabel had three each. Six-time defending champions in Class 3A-2A, Mount Hebron has won 10 straight state crowns and 14 titles in 15 years.
Pikesville 12, Queen Anne's County 7 -- Emily Fine scored two goals and Rebecca Kreshtool scored one in a late second-half rally that gave the Panthers the momentum to stay ahead of their Eastern Shore rivals in their Class 2A-1A state semifinal at South Carroll. Those three goals, along with Alyssa Jeffers' draw controls, gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead at halftime. Fine and Megan Seidman, who each finished with five goals, started the second half with a goal apiece to extend the lead to 8-4. The Panthers (10-6) earned their second straight trip to the final where they will meet No. 5 Century in a rematch of last year's title game Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. email@example.com