Scouting report: Girls state lacrosse championships

May 23, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT UMBC

Class 3A-2A

NO. 5 MARRIOTTS RIDGE (17-1) VS. NO. 8 CENTURY (15-2)

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Mustangs make their first appearance in the state championship game after Century knocked them out in the semifinals last season. This time, the Mustangs may have the edge over the defending state champs. They had two common opponents. Both defeated South Carroll, but the Mustangs beat No. 6 Winters Mill, 14-4, while the Knights fell 15-14. The Mustangs have been tested in their last two games, beating No. 12 Mount Hebron, 8-3, and No. 9 Fallston, 8-7, while the Knights have won each of their last four games by at least 14 goals. Both teams have plenty of versatile players and a host of high-scoring attackers. The Mustangs are led by M Zoe Stukenberg (45 goals, 33 assists), A Emily Cooke (47, 27) and A Alanna Diffendal (41, 25), while the Knights are led by A Jill Remenapp (56, 86), A Angela Flister (65, 17) and M Alice Mercer (56, 17).

Class 2A-1A

NO. 6 WINTERS MILL (14-3) VS. LOCH RAVEN (11-6)

When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: If this title matchup looks a bit familiar, it's because these two met in last year's final. The Falcons came away with a 19-8 victory for their second title in three years. Loch Raven has four championship trophies but none since 1995. The Raiders played a tough schedule this season — losing four of their games to teams ranked in The Sun's Top 15 poll. Winters Mill suffered two of its losses to higher-ranked teams. The Raiders are led by M Christie Moyer (27 goals, 10 assists) and A Meredith Moore (22 goals, 20 assists). Erin McMunn, a senior attacker selected to the United States Under-19 team, leads the Falcons with 36 goals and 46 assists, while A Madison Cyr adds 53 goals and 19 assists. The Falcons also boast a defense that has not allowed an opponent to hit double figures in three weeks.

Class 4A-3A

NO. 4 WESTMINSTER (16-0) VS. NO. 11 SEVERNA PARK (16-4)

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Outlook: The undefeated Owls are looking for their first state championship against one of the most successful programs in tournament history. Severna Park has won nine titles — their last in 2009. That year they beat Westminster, 7-5, and the Owls are looking to avenge that. Both teams boast prolific offenses, rolling up 642 between them. The Owls, who scored 323, rolled past their regional opposition by an average of 15 goals but needed to come from behind to beat C. Milton Wright, 14-10, in the state semifinal. The Falcons had a tougher route getting out of their region, defeating defending state champ and then-No. 11 South River, 12-6, and No. 15 Broadneck, 9-4, then routed Churchill, 20-3, in the state semifinal. The offenses are deep and balanced on both sides, with the Owls led by A Alyssa Semones (72 goals, 50 assists).

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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