With a 3-1 win at North East Friday, the Fallston field hockey team is a region champion for the seventh year in a row and the 22nd time in school history.
C. Milton Wright, which has not won a region crown since 2005, will have to wait another year as the Mustangs were edged 2-1 by host and top seed Hereford, also Friday.
Fallston (10-6) outscored North East, 3-1, in the second half of its Class 1A North region final that was scoreless at the half.
The Cougars had six corners in the first half with no results, but the first of five more in the second half proved different.
Just 2:30 into the second half, Marisa Perfetti scored with assist from Dani McDiarmid.
Fallston goalie Sarah DiMaggio, meanwhile, kept the Cougars ahead with two key saves. North East, though, also took advantage of one of its corners to even the game. Casey Priesch did the honors with 10:16 left in the game.
Some four minutes later, Fallston surged back ahead when Becky Streett scored with McDiarmid adding another assist. Then, with just 48 seconds left in the contest, Streett added her second goal to close the door. Lindsay Summers assisted the insurance goal.
"We knew we had something to prove coming back here and we knew that North East was gonna put up a really big fight, which they did," Fallston head coach Maddie Palko said.
The Cougars and Indians tangled earlier in the season, also at North East, who won, 2-1.
"We told the girls, it's going to come down to who can capitalize and who can make connections on the field," Palko said. "We were able to do that today. I'm really proud of how they played, but North East put up a nice game."
DiMaggio finished with three saves and Indians goalie Morgan Pyle had four.
Fallston outshot North East, 13-6 and had an 11-6 advantage in corner opportunities.
The Cougars will play Monday at Broadneck High School versus Manchester Valley or North Carroll. Game time for the state semifinal is 7 p.m.
Mustangs fall short
In CMW's 3A North final loss, Hereford dominated the first 18 minutes of the first half, but found themselves scoreless against a seemingly impenetrable CMW defense led by goalie Sydney Rhodes and defensive backs Riley Williams, Emilee Halley, Bethany Riley and a relentless Maggie Gallagher.
Hereford, however, scored early in the second half for a 1-0 lead. A second Hereford goal, which ultimately secured the win, came with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
CMW (14-2) responded 50 seconds later with its only goal by senior Emily Jachelski. The score was unassisted.
With 1:14 remaining on the clock and a CMW penalty corner in motion, the Mustangs attempted to send the game into OT, but fell short.
CMW sophomore goalie Sydney Rhodes was credited with 11 saves.
On Thursday, CMW needed penalty strokes to get past visiting North Harford, 2-1, in Class 3A North.