South Carroll advanced to its first ever boys lacrosse state final with a 6-4 win over Patterson Mill in Friday's Class 2A-1A state semifinal at Bel Air.
Patterson Mill (15-4) was looking to return to the title game for a second straight year.
"From where we came from, the beginning of the season, to where we are now, I would say it's the shock of the tournament right now," Cavaliers coach Bill McDermott said. "I think people were expecting an all-Harford championship, and we had other ideas."
South Carroll (10-8) will face either Fallston or Northwestern for the title either Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.
The Cavaliers got off to a fast start with consecutive goals in the first eight-plus minutes. Jake Brown netted the first off an assist from Sam Wilingham, then Willingham added his own goal.
The Huskies countered late in the first quarter on Josh Wilson's unassisted goal, but two unanswered goals by the Cavaliers, from Caleb Runci and Dylan McDermott, pushed the lead to 4-1 midway through the second quarter.
Brandon Burris scored for Patterson Mill later in the half to cut the lead to 4-2 at the half.
Eight seconds into the second half, Brown added his second goal. Patterson Mill responded in the fourth quarter on back-to-back goals by Wilson, eight minutes apart, to close to within one, 5-4, with 3:32 to play.
McDermott then added a dagger at the 2:49 mark to end the scoring. McDermott ended the night with two goals and one assist and Willingham had a goal and two assists.
Wilson led all scorers with three goals, and Brendan Egan added two assists.
South Carroll goalie Taylor Schmitz finished with 12 saves and Patterson Mill keeper Jay Kuhn made eight.
No. 8 South River 10, Bel Air 9 (2OT): Ben Chisolm tucked away a shot from 15 yards out 30 seconds into the second sudden-death overtime to send the undefeated Seahawks into the 4A-3A state final.
Chisolm's game-winning goal was his sixth on the night.
"Oh God, I'm just so glad we got it," he said after celebrating with his teammates. "You just have to believe in your team in a game like that. You can't ever think that you're out of it. If you believe in your team, there's no way you can give up. We had so many plays on defense, they never let up. It was hard there in the first overtime, but I thought ,'We've worked too hard to let it go like this.'"
Chisolm also scored the tying goal with just over six minutes left in regulation.
"That guy is the [best]," South River coach Paul Noone said of his top scorer. "It's just the will to win, that's all it is. The train just keeps on rolling, and these guys just don't want to lose."
South River's Jon Carr added two goals, and teammates Michael Strange and Jake Gavin also scored. The Seahawks (18-0) will play the winner of Saturday's semifinal between Westminster and Churchill.
Parker Jones netted four goals for Bel Air, while teammate Tom Hollenback added a hat trick and Carson Kalama scored twice.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun