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University of Maryland - Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Catonsville, MD 21227, USA
When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Outlook: The Gladiators enjoyed a dominating 15-4 semifinal win over defending state champion Queen Anne's, avenging last year's 7-6 championship game loss. Junior A Nick Wynne has been unstoppable in the postseason, including a seven-goal, six-assist performance in the semifinals and help on attack comes from his younger brother, Mikey. Senior D Brendan McMahon sets the tone in back with junior G Eric Sweetman. After reaching the state semifinals for the first time last year, Patterson Mill took it a step farther this season with a 10-4 win over Loch Raven to make its first title game. Junior A Chase Wedekind broke open a close game with consecutive goals 18 seconds apart in the third quarter and the Huskies' depth took over in Saturday's win. Spencer Bowers, Brendan Egan and Josh Wilson give the team plenty of firepower with D Tony Roney and G Jay Kuhn the anchors in back. Experience is on Glenelg's side — the Gladiators are making their seventh state title game appearance in search of the program's third crown
No. 7 Hereford (18-1) vs. Middletown (14-1)
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Outlook: The three-time defending state champion Bulls are primed to make it four straight, needing to get past a Middletown team that makes its first appearance in the title game. Tyler Dimes, Joe Seider and Chuck Stafford give opposing defenses plenty to contend with and Hereford has shown it can score in bunches. In the Bulls' 16-5 semifinal win over Marriotts Ridge, they scored three goals in a 12-second stretch at the end of the first quarter and came back in the third quarter to score three more in 32 seconds. Senior D Nick Bittner dominated in back. Middletown makes the jump to its first title game after reaching the semifinal round last season. The Knights came away with a 12-6 win over Kent Island to advance, getting four goals and one assist from Zack Hansell and 14 saves from Alex Edelmann.
Linganore (15-1) vs. No. 10 South River (16-3)
When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Outlook: After working its way out of the tough East region, South River just got by Wootton, 14-13, in the state semifinals to advance to its fourth title game with an eye on their second title. The Seahawks are scrappy and deep with Ben Chisholm, Dylan Luiza and Joey Papetti all precise scorers, while Seth Mackin dominates the defensive end. Getting past Linganore will be no easy task. The Lancers from Frederick County, making their first state title game appearance, have proven to be plenty resilient to this point in the postseason. Trailing 5-1 in the second quarter of the semifinal game against Dulaney, they went on to score 12 of the game's last 13 goals for a 13-6 win. Michael Kenski and Tyler Thompson both had six goals in the win and faceoff specialist Alex Daly did a good job getting them the ball. In the region semifinal round, Linganore also was down 8-3 to Westminster before coming away with a 14-13 win.