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A year later, my thoughts come true in boys lacrosse [commentary]

BY RANDY McROBERTS, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

10:50 AM EDT, May 21, 2013

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It's kind of funny, but I believe a little more than a year ago I wrote about the boys lacrosse playoffs and how we had teams right here in Harford County in the same classification, but different regions.

I wrote about how it might be possible to have two county teams each reach the state final and make it an all-Harford state championship game.

Well, like a forecaster of the future, I was right. I was just a year early. So, we have Fallston from the East and Patterson Mill from the North to decide the 2013 Maryland Class 1A-2A Boys Lacrosse state champion.

I know what some of you are thinking. Fallston from the East and Patterson Mill from the North? I know, we've been through this before. Fallston is north of Patterson Mill, which is east of Fallston. Huh?

Oh well, they both found their way into this state final and it's a great day for Harford County boys lacrosse.

By the time this column hits the streets in print, the game (if not altered by weather) will have a result as it was scheduled to be played Tuesday night at UMBC.

For those who see this column online, you may see it well before the start or the conclusion of the big game. The result itself will also show up online, before the column shows up in print.

So, going back to weather issues. The fact is, the last time and only time these two schools met this season, weather played a role.

Lightning and thunder came from the sky and the UCBAC Chesapeake Division game was brought to a stop with 3:48 to play in the first half with the score tied 4-4.

Upon resumption, Fallston scored five more goals and Patterson Mill was limited to one in the Cougars 9-5 win.

Assuming there will be no such delays in this game, I figured it to be a well-played and hard-fought contest. Because of the timing of the game and when column is read, I can say good luck to both teams and congratulations to the winner.

Now, on another lacrosse note, we have seen the final game played by C. Milton Wright senior Abby Smucker. Smucker and her teammates were eliminated in one of the cruelest of ways. A 10-9, double overtime loss to Century, the same team that beat them in last year's state semifinals.

Smucker's coming graduation leaves an impressive run as part of the Mustangs girls soccer and lacrosse programs. Three region championships on the soccer field and four region titles in lacrosse. Smucker has also been a valued member of the girls basketball team the past four years as well.

To top it off, Smucker was most recently awarded the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund's $5,000 prize as the top female winner. That should serve well as she takes her talents in the classroom and on the lacrosse field to Penn State University in a couple months. Congrats to Abby Smucker and thanks for four years of professionalism on and off the field.