Paige Becker gave No. 13 River Hill a first-half lead that it would not relinquish as the Hawks field hockey team beat Quince Orchard, 2-1, Wednesday, in a Class 3A state semifinal at Broadneck.
Becker scored at the 10-minute mark of the first half and Nina Collins added a goal in the second half. The Hawks held on to win and will make their first state championship game in the school's 16-year history.
"We dominated the first half and toward the second half, they [Quince Orchard] pushed really hard, but defense helped," River Hill coach Shelly Chamness said.
River Hill faces North Harford in Saturday's championship at Washington College at 11 a.m.
No. 14 North Harford 3, Northern-Calvert 0: Maddy Dolinar scored the first goal with 9:04 left in the first half as the Hawks (10-5) shut out the Patriots (13-4) in a Class 3A state semifinal.
No. 11 Dulaney 7, Col. Zadok A. Magruder 0: Sarah George scored a game-high five goals to power the Lions (12-5) past the Colonels (14-3) in a Class 4A state semifinal at Franklin.
Dulaney, which last made the final in 1986, faces No. 3 Westminster in Saturday's state championship at Washington College at 1:30 p.m.
No. 1 Centennial d. Howard, 3-1: Lexi White-Torruellas had 26 assists and the host Eagles (16-1) beat the Lions in a Class 3A East regional semifinal.
Samantha Brostrom had 20 kills, and Liz Brown had 15 kills and 16 digs for Centennial. The Eagles won, 25-20, 25-13, 20-25, 25-15. The win sets up a regional championship between top-ranked Centennial and No. 2 River Hill at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
No. 4 Towson d. Catonsville, 3-0: Emily Lansinger and Lauren Bosse combined for 17 kills as the host Generals (15-0) beat the Comets in a Class 3A North regional semifinal. Towson won, 25-18, 25-5, 25-12.
No. 6 Fallston d. Rising Sun, 3-0: Marissa Curran served out the first two games and had four blocks for the Cougars (14-2) in Class 2A East.
Fallston won, 26-24, 25-13, 25-14. Rachael Holehouse had seven aces and 16 points.
No. 15 Dulaney d. Perry Hall, 3-1: Stacey Donadio anchored the defense for the host Lions (15-3) in Class 4A North. Dulaney won, 25-16, 23-11, 22-25, 25-15. Dulaney faces the winner of Urbana/Thomas Johnson at 6 p.m. Friday.