Preview: Girls lacrosse state championships

UMBC plays host to three title games

May 24, 2010|By The Baltimore Sun

Class 2A-1A

NO. 6 WINTERS MILL (17-1)

VS. LOCH RAVEN (12-4)

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Winters Mill, down from Class 3A-2A where it won the 2008 state title, is certainly battle tested after winning two one-goal games to take its regional championship. The Falcons, who have lost only to No. 1 McDonogh, boast one of the area's highest-scoring offenses, averaging 16.1 goals. The Raiders have allowed only four teams to score in double figures, but they lost three of those games. Defense will be critical for the Raiders against Winters Mill's bevy of prolific scorers. Four Falcons average 69 or more points, led by A Mackenzie Cyr, who has a school-record 62 goals and 64 assists, and A Erin McMunn (48, 31). The Raiders, looking for a fifth state title and their first since 1995, average 12.9 goals this spring but 15.7 in their last seven games. They are led by A Michaela Bird (30, 11) and M Meredith Moore (29, 11)

— Katherine Dunn

Class 4A-3A

NO. 3 SOUTH RIVER (16-2)

VS. NO. 15 C. MILTON WRIGHT (15-4)

When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Outlook: South River needed to beat No. 2 Severna Park and No. 7 Broadneck just to get out of its region, the toughest in the state. Led by Maryland-bound M Brooke Griffin (96 goals, 42 assists), who has scored 16 goals and 8 assists in the past three games, the Seahawks are going for their first state title. The Mustangs, champions of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, allowed only three opponents to score in double figures and gave up just 17 goals in five postseason games. Both teams scored 228 goals through the regional playoffs and both have balanced scoring lead by one big gun — Griffin and the Mustangs' A Megan Will (62, 12). The Seahawks also rely on Syracuse-bound D Natalie Glanell, while the Mustangs, who won the state title in 2004, have a key versatile contributor in M Liz Johnson (40, 14), headed to Johns Hopkins.

— Katherine Dunn

Class 3A-2A

NO. 11 CENTURY (16-2)

VS. NORTH HARFORD (11-6)

When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: After winning last year's Class 2A-1A title — and three of the five before that — the Knights rolled through their region by an average of 14 goals before downing a tough Marriotts Ridge team, 10-6, in the state semifinal. The Hawks had a tougher route through their region but also faced a challenge in the semifinals, using nine straight goals to power to a 12-9 win over Stephen Decatur. The two teams have similar looks with one big point-scorer and a balanced group after that. Slippery M Rhiannon Coogle (71G, 11A) leads the Hawks while quick A Jill Remenapp (48, 52) leads the Knights, who want to send retiring coach Rose Pentz out with her fifth crown. The Hawks aim to go one step further than their 2007 team that fell to Mount Hebron, 7-6, in North Harford's first appearance in the state final.

— Katherine Dunn

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