Once again, Harford County was well represented over the weekend in the boys and girls lacrosse state semifinals that took place at Bel Air High School and at two other places around the state.
I really thought going in to the semifinals, our teams stood a pretty good chance of reaching the state finals that were set for Tuesday and Wednesday at UMBC. As it turned out, boys and girls teams from Fallston were the two to survive the weekend.
By the time you're reading this on Tuesday or Wednesday, both Fallston teams will have already played their Maryland Class 1A-2A State Championship games. A quick reminder, those results and photos and any other sporting events we cover are always available at http://www.exploreharford.com.
Due to location mostly, Bel Air is where I was posted Friday night and then for a more lengthy time Saturday afternoon. I truly expected to see three wins by our local entries, Patterson Mill and Fallston boys and Fallston girls.
Patterson Mill, a state finalist a year ago, just didn't seem like themselves for far too long in Friday's game with South Carroll. The Huskies fell behind early and just never got into a scoring groove. The Huskies did put together back-to-back goals in the final quarter and Josh Wilson's potential game-tying shot bounced off the pipe, before South Carroll's Dylan McDermott scored seconds later with a true momentum-swinging goal.
While that unfortunate result was unfolding before my eyes, girls from C. Milton Wright and boys from Bel Air were suffering equally frustrating losses at Annapolis and Franklin high schools, respectively. I think we all knew that CMW was in for a tough match with Century, a team that has had as much success in the past decade as any. The Mustangs had an early lead, but it slowly slipped away as did the hopes of a state title.
As for Bel Air, the Bobcats were matched up with South River in a match that went back and forth, according to co-worker Dewey Fox, who stepped in and covered the game. The Bobcats had a few shots find pipes, not nets, thus putting them on the short side of the 10-9 score in overtime.
On Saturday, I was pretty confident in Fallston's chances, both boys and girls. The boys had the easiest of any state semifinal I think I've ever seen, but they still did it with class in the 23-3 win over Northwestern. Give credit to Northwestern, those kids played hard throughout, regardless of the score.
The final game, Fallston against Parkside, turned into an instant classic. The Cougars grabbed a four-goal lead early and maintained the cushion well into the second half, but Parkside made an adjustment or two and with constant possession, reeled off five unanswered goals to go ahead.
The Cougars, though wilted a bit, fought back and forced overtime. The Cougars also trailed in overtime, but persistence and patience worked in the Cougars favor for the 14-13 win and the state final berth.