Today's Lacrosse State Finals

May 21, 2008|By KATHERINE DUNN AND STEFEN LOVELACE

All games at UMBC.

Girls

Class 3A-2A

No. 11 Winters Mill (16-2) vs. Towson (13-4)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Outlook -- This final has a new look after Mount Hebron missed the state tournament for the first time. Since the tournament expanded to three classifications in 2001, the Vi kings had won every 3A-2A title. This time, Winters Mill is looking for its first state championship while the Generals aim for their second, hav ing won in 1997. Winters Mill held on to beat Centennial, 11-10, in the state semifinal after Centennial edged Mount Hebron in the regional final, thus ending the Vikings' 11-year run as state champs. The Falcons, Carroll County champions in only their fifth season as a varsity program, are led by Mackenzie Cyr (44 goals, 41 assists) and Katie Leech (53, 21), who had four goals, including the game win ner, against Centennial. Both are sophomores, and Towson, which has struggled at times this season, starts five sophomores. Both teams appear to have hit their strides in the play offs. Sarah Clemmens (44, 17), who had five goals in the semifinal win over Annapolis, leads a balanced Generals offense that has had five to seven players score in the past three games. Cathy Bachur is the midfield catalyst, averaging nearly nine ground balls per game. These teams appear fairly well matched, and it could go down to the wire.

The Sun's pick -- Winters Mill.

Class 4A-3A

No. 2 Severna Park (19-0) vs. No. 15 Catonsville (12-6)

Time -- 6 p.m.

Outlook -- Not only is Severna Park shooting for its second straight state title, but a victory would give the Falcons their second straight un beaten season. It's hard to find a weakness in the Falcons' lineup, es pecially on attack where All-Metro midfielder Julie Gardner, along with Hayley Rausch and Jaci Gassoway, lead a prolific scoring offense. Still in the state's most competitive region, Broadneck gave the Falcons a scare in the final before Severna Park pre vailed, 11-10, in overtime. On the heels of that nailbiter, their third win over Broadneck this season, the Fal cons easily handled Westminster, 20-9, in the state semifinal. The Anne Arundel County champions are going for their eighth state crown, and only Mount Hebron has more ti tles with 15. Catonsville won its only state championship in 1996 but also reached the title game in 2004. The Comets emerged from an up-and-down season with a 19-10 win over then-No. 12 Dulaney in the regional final. Led on attack by Becca Rey mann, Jessica Nonn and Abby Snee ringer, the Comets defeated Wootton, 11-6, in the state semifinal, spoiling an otherwise unbeaten season for the Patriots.

The Sun's pick -- Severna Park.

Boys

Class 4A-3A

No. 7 Dulaney (17-2) vs. Ur bana (16-1)

Time -- 8 p.m.

Outlook -- State semifinal and championship appearances have be come commonplace for the Lions. They've won 14 straight regional ti tles and are back in the title game for the first time since 2005. This year's team is led by an experienced group. Senior midfielder and Navy-bound Jay Mann (32 goals, 22 assists) is one of the most versatile players in the area on both offense and defense, and senior attackman and Mount St. Mary's-bound Cody Lehrer (53, 20) has no problem finding the net. Sen ior attackman Spencer Martin (20, 29) helps out up front, too. What has made Dulaney's run to the title game more impressive is that it has been playing without Notre-Dame bound midfielder Eric Keppeler, who has been sidelined by an injury for the last month. Urbana of Frederick County is still looking for its first state crown, but has been close, get ting to at least the state semifinals each of the past four years. The Hawks beat the Lions, 8-7, last month and will look to get Brendan Oster opportunities. Oster scored five goals against Dulaney in the teams' last meeting. Although Urbana got the best of the Lions last time, Dulaney's seniors should make the difference in a game that will probably be de cided late in the fourth quarter.

The Sun's pick -- Dulaney.

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