The Harford Tech girls lacrosse team's bid for a second straight division title was a successful one Thursday afternoon in Perryville.
The Cobras (7-0 league, 9-2 overall) claimed the UCBAC Susquehanna Division title with a lopsided 20-10 victory over the Panthers, who entered the game with an unblemished record.
The title put the Cobras back in the UCBAC championship, set for Monday at 7 p.m. at Havre de Grace's James R. Harris Stadium. The Cobras will meet Chesapeake champion C. Milton Wright.
"We have a lot of depth on our team and it's really easy to sub people in and keep legs fresh and they work really well together," Tech Head Coach Emma Little said. "They're very cohesive."
Despite the final score, it was Perryville who jumped out front in the opening minutes of the game. Taylor Poore scored the first of her team-best four goals for a 1-0 Panthers lead, but that's the only goal the Panthers scored for awhile.
Tech reeled of the next eight goals to take command of the contest. Megan Campbell tallied the first unassisted, followed by goals from Becca Williams (seven goals, two assists) and Gabby Spalt (two goals, one assist) that were scored a minute apart.
The final five goals in the run came over a seven-minute span, including two by Courtney Poole.
Tech seemed to be well on its way to end the half up big, but Perryville had other plans. The Panthers scored five unanswered goals over a 2:30 minute stretch to pull back within two, 8-6. Leah Ports and Poore had two each and Ali Watson added the fifth.
Tech added its ninth goal of the half with just 13 seconds to play. Amanda Weir did the honors unassisted.
The Cobras then came out of the half with another scoring run, pumping in five consecutive goals for a 14-6 lead. Campbell added her second and third goals in the spurt, started by Poole's third goal. Spalt and Williams ended the scoring, both scoring on free position opportunities.
The Panthers scored four goals in the second half, trying to avoid going down by 10 goals and inducing a running clock. The inevitable was put in place with just over 3:00 to play on Tori Arcilesi's third goal of the game.
Weir finished with two goals for the Cobras, while Campbell added three assists and Poole had two.
Ports finished with two goals for Perryville (6-1 league, 10-1 overall), while Watson also scored twice. Hannah Wein added a goal and assist and Merve Akbay had one goal.
Tech goalie Bryana Weston-Wyatt had a huge game, making 15 saves and one nifty steal in the second half. Perryville keeper Mariah Fields made 12 saves.
Looking ahead to Monday's title game, coach Little said, "C. Milton has an awesome program, they have great coaching and they have great girls and our girls are excited to play them. They want the experience, they want to be in the upper (Chesapeake) division and know if they continue to work hard they could potentially be competitive there."
Bobcats beat Huskies
Bel Air picked up a Chesapeake win Thursday night over visiting Patterson Mill, 10-6. The Bobcats (3-3 league, 8-4 overall) led 8-2 at the half.
Katie Clelland led the winners with three goals and one assist, while Cassidy Jones added two goals and three assists. Sam Keesey also scored twice, while single goals were scored by Tori Gryglewski, Shannon Williams and Dani Wilson. Rebekah Riley added one assist in the win.
Sam Herman scored a pair of goals to lead the Huskies (2-4 league, 5-8 overall), while Mariel Castronova and Gabby Vujanic had a goal and assist each. Allie Poust and Brittie Andrews also scored goals and EJ Karwatka had one assist.
Bel Air goalie Taylor Gillis made four saves and Patterson Mill goalie Erin Dent had 11 saves.