No. 6 Winters Mill scored on its first two shots in the opening minute and quickly removed any suspense from Friday's Class 2A-1A state semifinal against Patterson Mill at Broadneck, rolling to a 19-7 victory.
The Falcons (17-1) advanced to the state final next week against the winner of today's semifinal between Queen Anne's and Loch Raven. This is Winters Mill's second trip to the state finals; the Falcons won the Class 3A-2A state crown two years ago.
Winters Mill made it to last year's Class 3A-2A state semifinal but couldn't hold a five-goal lead against Fallston, something that motivated coach Courtney Vaughn and her players.
"We wanted to [play hard] for 50 minutes and not let up," Vaughn said. "We started off strong. We started off relentless."
The Falcons won the opening draw, and Erin McMunn scored just 11 seconds into the game. McMunn then scored at the 57-second mark on the team's second shot. Winters Mill stretched the lead to 8-0 with 10:32 left in the first half.
"We wanted to put the gas on and keep it going," Amalie Trentzsch of Winters Mill said.
Trentzsch was one of several Winters Mill players who did just that. Mackenzie Cyr led the way with seven goals and four assists. McMunn added five goals and two assists while Trentzsch helped with two goals and five assists.
Winters Mill also got a strong performance from goalie Katie Horn, who made 13 saves.
Patterson Mill goalie Gabby Brooks finished with 10 saves.
No. 11 Glenelg 11, Patterson Mill 3: After watching Patterson Mill slow the pace throughout the first half, Glenelg took command in the final two quarters in a Class 2A-1A state semifinal at Broadneck.
Next week, Glenelg (18-2) will play in its third state final game in the past four years. The Gladiators meet the winner of today's other state semifinal between Queen Anne's and Loch Raven.
Patterson Mill (10-9) relied heavily on patience in the first half. Glenelg scored twice in the first three minutes before the Huskies began taking their time on offense. They slowed the pace to a crawl at times, a big reason the Gladiators held only a 3-1 halftime lead.
"They took the air out of the ball a little bit," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. "We had to be more patient and take advantage of our opportunities in the second half, and we did that."
The Gladiators got early two third-quarter goals from Scott Wheeler, plus goals 38 seconds apart late in the period from Brendan Conway and Zack Wheeler. That gave Glenelg a 7-1 lead with 47.1 seconds remaining.
The fourth quarter brought more of the same as Glenelg scored four more times to complete an eight-goal second half.
Zach Wynne led the way with three goals and four assists. Conway added three goals and one assist, while Scott Wheeler had two goals and two assists.
"At halftime, our coaches told us that we just needed to be more patient and not force anything," Wynne said. "We were just moving the ball around more in the second half."
Patterson Mill just couldn't get enough offense. The Huskies did a good job of slowing the pace, but they couldn't create many scoring chances. Mike McIntyre, Quinn Egan and Ricky Lawrence all had one goal apiece.
Winters Mill 19, Patterson Mill 7
Goals: P—Taylor 2, Boyce, Burriss, Galbraith, Hurley, Keesling; W—Mac. Cyr 7, McMunn 5, Leech 3, Trentzsch 2, M. Buell, Mad. Cyr. Assists: P—Hurley, Taylor; W—Trentzsch 5, Mac. Cyr 4, , McMunn 2, Mad. Cyr. Saves: P—Brooks 10; W—Horn 13, Fogle 0. Half: W, 10-3.
Glenelg 11, Patterson Mill 3
Goals: P- Egan, McIntyre, Lawrence; G- Wynne 3, Conway 3, S. Wheeler 2, Z. Wheeler 2, Milani. Assists: G-Wynne 4, S. Wheeler 2, Conway. Saves: P- Kuhn 9, Fabiano 1; G- Taylor 8, Sweetman 1. Half: G, 3-1.