By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun
6:41 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
(All games at UMBC)
NO. 15 FALLSTON (15-4) VS. PATTERSON MILL (10-9)
When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Outlook: The Cougars will look to defend last year's championship in an All-Harford County final. During the regular season, Fallston earned a 9-5 win over the Huskies in a game that was suspended because of inclement weather in late April. Tied at four late in the first half when play was halted, the Cougars dominated when play resumed to win. Kyle D'Onofrio (66 goals, 24 assists) and Marc Badger (31 goals, 45 assists) provide the defending champs with a dynamic one-two punch, while Patterson Mill leans on Josh Wilson (46 goals, 16 assists), Chase Tallon (35 goals, 15 assists) and Brendan Egan (16 goals, 40 assists). The teams have contrasting styles with Fallston preferring to play in transition, while the Huskies like to slow the game down. Patterson Mill reached the state title game in 2011, falling to then-defending champ Glenelg, 5-4.
NO. 5 HEREFORD (18-2) VS. NO. 10 GLENELG (16-2)
When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Outlook: Hereford broke a state record with its fifth consecutive title last year when it beat Glenelg, 13-8. This season, the Bulls chase another mark as they seek a state-high ninth crown. While the Bulls easily handled Century, 15-4, in Friday's semifinals, the Gladiators needed four goals in the final three minutes to pull out a miraculous 10-9 win over Kent Island on Saturday. Hereford's attack is led by Joe Seider (67 goals, 27 assists) and Jason Ashwood (56 goals, 42 assists), while the Gladiators look to Nick Forrest (53 goals, 33 assists) and Mark Darden (46 goals, 12 assists). Hereford also features do-everything midfielder Jack Adams, while the Gladiators will bank on a dominating effort from faceoff specialist Anthony Pagnotta. In last year's final, the Bulls jumped out to a 7-0 lead before thwarting Glenelg's second-half rally. Seider (five goals, one assist) and Ashwood (four goals, one assist) carried the Bulls' attack in the win.
NO. 9 SOUTH RIVER (17-3) VS. NO. 8 WESTMINSTER (18-0)
When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Outlook: These teams have a history against one another to add intrigue. Last season, it was South River vying to complete a perfect season with Westminster in the way. Trailing 7-0 early, the Seahawks rallied for a 10-8 win to claim the program's second state title and a 20-0 mark. Westminster, which still seeks its first state title, has been on a season-long mission to return to UMBC and is excited at the chance of having a second crack at South River. Both teams have explosive attacks with standout players. The Seahawks are led by Maryland-bound senior Ben Chisolm, who earned second-team All-Metro honors last season, while the Owls have a quality starting point in Towson-bound senior Ryan Drenner, who goes into the title game with 66 goals and 60 assists. Both teams had comfortable wins in the semifinals, with South River beating Howard, 15-6, and Westminster dominating Winston Churchill, 23-9.
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