It was around this time last week that I, and I believe many of you, were geared up for a big weekend of lacrosse as Harford County was sending four teams to battle in state tournament action.
Well, now a few days after, and all we had left was the boys lacrosse team from Patterson Mill, which was scheduled to play for the school's first team state championship Tuesday at UMBC. The results of that game are posted on the front page of this newspaper.
I really hoped and sort of expected that I would have double or triple coverage at UMBC between Tuesday and today (Wednesday), but it just wasn't in the cards.
Because of previous scheduling conflicts, I was unable to attend either the C. Milton Wright or Fallston girls lacrosse state semi's Friday night at Arundel and Annapolis, respectively, but I did take in the back-to-back Patterson Mill girls and boys double-header at Bel Air on Saturday.
Looking at the match-ups for the Friday games, I knew that both CMW and Fallston were going to be in good battles. The question was, how good?
Now we know. Both the Mustangs and Cougars put forth good fights, but both saw their solid seasons come to an unfortunate and too-soon end.
On Saturday, I got to see first-hand the results of the Huskies from Patterson Mill. First the girls and then the boys, both vying for a state final berth against girls and boys teams from Loch Raven.
The Husky girls missed a chance very early and Loch Raven took advantage of the Huskies misfortune. The Raiders proved to be a tough opponent, and behind the effort of their goalie, Leanne Bittner, were just a bit too good.
Bittner's effort was good, but more impressive was the play of Huskies senior midfelder Taylor Burris, who as it turned out, played her final game in a Huskies uniform. Sad as that is, Burris went out with a bang.
While a number of Huskies had a tough time figuring out how to score, Burris had a memorable performance that could have only been better if the Huskies had won.
Burris scored eight goals. Not just eight, but the first eight when no other Husky could find the net.
It was her eighth and final goal, that to me, was most impressive, as she put a shot on goal while falling to the ground.
For the Husky boys, there wasn't a real individual standout performance, but a true team effort on both ends of the field. The Huskies got scoring from a few different players on offense, while the defense rose up when faced with an early game dilemma and loss of a starting senior defender.
The Huskies showed what team unity can do and for it, earned their shot in the Class 1A-2A state title game. Congrats to head coach Jason Bellamy and all the Huskies players, fans and supporters.