What a crazy handful of days it has been in the world of Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference boys lacrosse.
A week ago I found myself in Bel Air, at Bel Air High School, where the Bobcats were hosting the Hawks of North Harford. It was sure to be a classic, and I knew I was not the only with that thought process.
Both schools were unbeaten in Chesapeake Division play and North Harford was also unbeaten overall as well. Something had to give.
As it turned out, it was Bel Air's night. The Bobcats, who were celebrating the seniors, put together a pretty solid complete game effort. The Bobcats were good in all phases of the game and it showed.
When the game was over, both John Grubb of North Harford and Scoop Kelly of Bel Air had opinions.
Grubb noted that Hawks controlled their own destiny. Well, that was if they had beaten Bel Air, or so they thought. Kelly was very serious, though happy, with his team's win. Kelly acknowledged the victory's importance in one breath, but noted the issue in another.
"I'm just extremely proud of my guys tonight," Kelly said. "We can't celebrate because we have Fallston on Friday, cause Fallston is extremely tough. We'll be happy tonight and ready to go tomorrow."
Boy, was Kelly right.
The Bobcats now had the stronghold on the division title, but a short trip to Fallston on a Friday night was sure to be anything but easy.
So, Bel Air makes the trip to Fallston and Fallston is ready. It was pretty well known that if there was a three-way tie, the team with the best overall record, without tournament games included, will be the champion. Re-enter North Harford.
If Fallston could beat Bel Air and North Harford could hold serve against C. Milton Wright, then North Harford was somehow back in the catbird's seat.
Well, that's exactly what happened. Fallston, who had to know a win for them really only helped North Harford, played the spoiler and beat the Bobcats.
North Harford, meanwhile, took care of its own business by beating CMW.
Thus, North Harford was put into Monday's UCBAC championship game against Rising Sun, champions of the Susquehanna Division.
As expected, the Hawks won a lopsided title game, 17-5, but Rising Sun put forth a quality effort.
It was the Hawks first UCBAC title, but as coach Grubb pointed out, it's the Hawks 14th such title with the first 13 falling under the Harford County Champions moniker.
Congratulations to the North Harford Hawks for the win, but also congrats to the boys at Bel Air and Fallston, who made this season one of the best in recent years.
Best of luck to all boys and girls lacrosse teams as regional playoffs get underway today (Wednesday).