Preview: Boys lacrosse state championships

UMBC plays host to three title games

May 24, 2010|By The Baltimore Sun

Class 2A-1A

NO. 10 GLENELG (17-2) vs. QUEEN ANNE'S (18-1)

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Glenelg is chasing its third state title in four years, capturing crowns in 2007 and 2008 before slipping in last year's state semifinal against eventual champion Pikesville. The Gladiators lean on standout senior goalie Alex Taylor and a balanced attack led by Zach Wynne, Brendan Conway and Scott Wheeler. The three combined for eight goals and seven assists in the team's comfortable 11-3 win over Patterson Mill in the semifinals. Queen Anne's, which lost to Pikesville, 7-6, in last year's state final, catured its 15th straight win with an easy 17-3 victory over Loch Raven in the semifinals. The Gladiators will look to shut down senior attackman Cody Figiel, who scored five goals in the Lions' semifinal win.

— Glenn Graham

Class 3A-2A

NO. 6 HEREFORD (17-1) vs. NO. 15 RIVER HILL (13-5)

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulls are the state tournament veterans — winners of five state titles and looking for three straight. The Hawks are the new kids on the block, making their first state title game appearance after breaking through with a 9-6 win over Middletown in the semifinal round. Along with the edge in experience, Hereford boasts a wealth of talent on all lines with senior attackman Rustin Bryant and sturdy senior defenseman Matt Dusek leading the way. River Hill will lean on the versatile play of senior midfielder Jimmy Marlatt and goalie Ryan Healy, who recorded 20 saves in the team's 8-4 win over Howard County rival Marriotts Ridge in the South region title game.

— Glenn Graham

Class 4A-3A

NO. 7 SEVERNA PARK (18-0) vs. WOOTTON (13-2)

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Outlook: In addition to completing a perfect season, Severna Park will be looking to capture its fifth state championship and first since 2007. With a strong attack led by senior Adam MacBride (38 goals, 37 assists) and a cohesive defensive unit led by senior Connor Hunt, the Falcons certainly appear on track. After comfortably handling defending state champion South River to win the East region, they dominated Thomas Johnson, 14-2, in the state semifinals with Scotty Steele providing four goals. Wootton survived a scare in an 11-10 semifinal win over C. Milton Wright when then Mustangs' attempted tying goal came just after the final whistle. Jeff Zifrony and Tim Lenardo had three goals each for the Patriots, who look to become the first team in Montgomery County to claim a state title.

— Glenn Graham

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