Girls lacrosse teams from C. Milton Wright and Fallston both saw their Maryland state championship hopes shattered over the weekend in the closest of fashions.
CMW went to double overtime before falling to Century, 10-9, in a 2A-3A semifinal at Franklin High School on Friday, while Fallston, the defending 1A-2A state champions, was edged by Easton, 12-11, Saturday in a 1A-2A semifinal played at Bel Air High School.
For CMW the loss marks a third straight in state semifinal play. In 2010, the Mustangs, whose only state title came in 2004 at the 3A-4A level, fell in the state final.
Fallston, meanwhile, was making its fourth appearance in five years. The Cougars were champions in 2009 and 2012.
Mustangs fall short
As a freshman, Century's Hannah Warther hasn't hesitated to take the big shots, and she hit the biggest one so far Friday night to give the No. 5 Knights a 10-9 double-overtime victory over No. 2 C. Milton Wright in a Class 3A-2A girls lacrosse state semifinal at Franklin.
After the defending state champs won the draw in sudden-death overtime, they settled the ball to look for the best shot. Senior Haley Bordner, who has 38 assists this spring, set up Warther for the game winner in the Knights' second straight comeback win over C. Milton Wright in the state semifinals.
"Throughout the game, we had been forcing it a little bit [on offense]," Bordner, a Florida-bound midfielder, said, "so when we got the draw, we knew we just needed to be patient, take our time and wait for that perfect shot. I saw Hannah and she got it."
It was Warther's fourth goal of the game and her 64th of the season.
"I knew this was our chance so I gave it all I've got," she said.
Friday night's victory avenged an early-season loss to the Mustangs (16-2), who scored the first four goals and held on for an 11-7 victory on March 23. This time, C. Milton Wright took a 4-1 lead, but the Knights came back several times.
The Mustangs led 8-5 on Kaitlan Moynihan's team-leading third goal of the game with 14:53 to go, but they would not score again in regulation.
"We hit pipes. We barely missed shots," Mustangs coach Brent Ritz said. "It wasn't that we weren't getting good opportunities and good looks, it's just they didn't fall for us. I felt we were still being successful offensively, we just weren't able to put the ball in the net."
Bordner led the comeback, feeding Alexa McGovern and scoring on a free position. She then made an interception that Warther converted to tie the game at 8 with 1:22 to go in regulation.
In the first overtime, six minutes played out, the Mustangs won the first draw and Lauren Haggerty gave them the lead in just 48 seconds. The Knights tied in on Marissa Donoghue's free-position goal with 17.7 seconds left.
The Mustangs had the momentum in the opening minutes of the game thanks in large part to a couple of saves by freshman goalie Katelyn Miller, who spent the season on the junior varsity but made some terrific point-blank stops among her nine saves.
Haggerty finished with two goals, while Maggie Gallagher, Haley Matthai, Katie Burgee and Abby Smucker each had single goals. CMW also got assists from Williams and Smucker.
Cougars edged as well
Fallston's bid to play for a second consecutive girls lacrosse state title next week was brought to an end Saturday in Bel Air as the Cougars lost a see-saw Maryland Class 1A-2A state semifinal contest against Easton.
The Cougars held a 9-8 lead at the half, but a late goal by the Warriors and an ensuing draw control dealt the Cougars a 12-11 loss. The Cougars won the 1A-2A state title a year ago and the 2A-3A crown in 2009.
In Saturday's loss the Cougars and Warriors were locked in a tight game in which neither team led by more than two goals throughout.
Easton's game-deciding goal was scored in the final two minutes and possession on the draw control allowed the Warriors to run out the clock.
Caroline English provided more than half of the Cougars scoring offense with six goals. The other Fallston goals were scored by Ashley Mozingo, Rachel Barile, Lindsay Summers, Logan Gasior and Emily Scranton. All 11 Fallston goals were unassisted.
Fallston goalie Erika Wright finished with four saves. The Cougars season ends at 10-8.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun