Two Harford County boys lacrosse teams are a win away from a region championship after each won section titles Monday night.
Patterson Mill beat visiting Havre de Grace, 12-6, to win the Class 1A East, Section I final, while Bel Air beat visiting Aberdeen, 10-3, in the 3A North, Section II final.
The 2A East, Section I final was halted by Monday’s late day storm. Fallston was leading visiting North Harford, 6-4, when play was stopped with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The game will be resumed at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play at Kent Island on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
At Patterson Mill, the Huskies (11-6) jumped ahead 2-0 and despite the Warriors (9-7) tying the score at 2, they never trailed en route to the win.
“It was a great win for our program, beating a team twice in a season is tough and they were a talented team, they’re well coached and I thought they played hard,” Huskies coach Jason Bellamy said. “Our guys stepped up to the occasion and really got a good win tonight.”
The Huskies will host Cambridge-South Dorchester for the East Region title on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Connor Madsen and Kevin Dyke scored 48 seconds apart to give the Huskies the lead midway through the first quarter.
Devin Morse, though, scored off a steal less than a minute later and added another two minutes later to tie the game at two.
Madsen, who led all scorers with five goals, put the Huskies back ahead and for good with 3:02 left in the opening quarter.
Matt Gallagher added a goal, with assist from Chance Urban, in the final minute of the quarter and with a pair of goals to open quarter two, the Huskies were up, 6-2.
Blake Tallon and Dyke provided the scoring.
The only other goal in the quarter came from Warriors defenseman Sean Greeley, who rifled a shot in from 20 yards out with 7:38 to play in the half.
The Huskies led 6-3 at the half and with outscoring the Warriors in quarter three, 2-1, had an 8-4 lead into the final quarter. Madsen won the second half face-off and went right to goal for his third of the game just eight seconds into the half.
It was over eight minutes later when Morse scored his third and final goal with the Warriors a man up.
Gallagher then scored his second of the game with 16.4 seconds left to give the Huskies the four-goal lead.
Patterson Mill pulled away with two more unanswered goals to begin the final quarter.
Nick Repke scored his only goal and Dyke added his third.
Kyle Cameron (two assists) countered for the Warriors with his only goal, but with Havre de Grace two men down with under 4:00 to play, Madsen netted his fourth goal with assist from Tallon.
“Our defense really played well tonight and I thought Connor Madsen played a hell of a game tonight at the face-off X and our offense. They played well tonight, really proud of them.”
Brandon Rabbitt added the final Havre de Grace goal, while Madsen’s fifth goal ended the scoring.
Huskies goalie Justin Strawderman finished with eight saves and Warriors keeper Luke Laubner made 10 saves.
“I don’t think we’re disciplined enough a lot of times,” Warriors coach Brooks Brown said about the loss. “Talented, we’re talented, just not able to put it all together.”
Bobcats beat Eagles
In Bel Air’s win, the Bobcats led 6-1 at the half.
Ryan Chan led the scoring with three goals. Noah Persing and Andrew Tredinnick added two goals each, while single goals were scored by Jared Haas, Michael Robinson and Ryan Wessel.
Persing and Haas also had two assists each. Wessel and Dean Dugan each had an assist as well.
Bobcats goalie Luke Auer finished with 13 saves.
The Bobcats will play at Towson for the 3A North Region title on Wednesday. Game time to be announced.
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