Three Harford County boys lacrosse teams - Patterson Mill, Fallston and Bel Air - won region championships Wednesday and advance to state semifinals today (Friday) or Saturday. North Harford, meanwhile, wasn't so fortunate as the Hawks were beaten.
Patterson Mill claimed its third straight region title at home, beating Loch Raven, 13-9, in the Class 1A-2A North championship, while Fallston also won at home, beating Parkside, 17-5, for the 1A-2A East crown. The title was Fallston's first in five years.
Bel Air, meanwhile, got the taste of a region title for the first time in school history. The Bobcats traveled to Howard High School and returned with a 14-8 win over the Lions, claiming the 3A-4A South title. North Harford lost at Hereford, 16-4, in the 2A-3A North championship.
Patterson Mill and Fallston will both play in state semifinals at Bel Air High School. Patterson Mill will play Friday at 8 p.m. against South Carroll. Fallston will play Saturday at noon against Northwestern of Baltimore City.
Bel Air will play its semifinal at Franklin High School tonight at 8 p.m. The Bobcats will face South River.
Patterson Mill's win comes a year after the Huskies beat the Loch Raven Raiders in a state semifinal, 13-4. The Huskies led this latest win at the half, 6-3.
As has been the case numerous times this season, Josh Wilson showed the way with six goals. Chase Wedekind added a pair of goals, while single goals were netted by Sam Caretti, Nick Roney, Brandon Burris, Deonte Alston and Mike McIntyre.
Wedekind also dished out four assists, while Brendan Egan had three assists and Wilson had two.
Patterson Mill goalie Jay Kuhn finished with 15 saves.
Wednesday's win was a lopsided Fallston victory from the start. The Cougars rolled out to an 11-2 halftime lead and cruised from there with a 6-3 second half advantage.
Zach Wheeler led the Cougars scoring with a game-high five goals. Marc Badger added three goals, while Kyle D'Onofrio, Greg Horsham and Jason Lawrence each scored two. Taylor Brown, James Glezen and Brenden Nolan also scored goals.
D'Onofrio added four assists and Horsham had three. Lawrence dished out two assists, while other Cougars with assists were Zack Esser, Glezen and Wheeler.
Fallston starting goalie Caleb Abney made six saves, before giving way to Mark Wollenweber who didn't have a save.
Bel Air also jumped out to a first half lead of 8-2 and were not threatened.
Carson Kalama tossed in five goals to lead the Bobcats, while Tom Hollenback, Parker Jones and Calvin Fleagle each scored two goals. Joey Creaghan and Mikey Bush rounded out the Bel Air scoring with a goal apiece.
Creaghan also had three assists and Kalama had two. Hollenback and Bush had one assist each.
Bel Air goalie Gavin Hanley finished with seven saves.
In North Harford's loss, John Heaps scored half the goals with two, while Joel Linkous and Max Mullin each had single goals.
Brooks Billings and Linkous had assists. Andrew Siegel and Ryan Fiess each had three ground balls.
Freshman goalie Cameron Brosh made 14 saves and Matt Geodeke came on in relief and made three saves.
Siegel and Linkous had three face offs won each of 21 total.