Westminster 14, Churchill 10: The Owls scored the final four goals to break a tie, defeat the pesky Bulldogs and advance to the Class 4A-3A state championship.

The Owls, who have not played in the state championship since 2004, will face South River for the title. That game will be played at UMBC either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Westminster was led by Ryan Drenner's five goals. Louis Dubick led the Bulldogs with four goals.


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The Owls took a 10-9 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs pulled even on a Morgan Rhodes goal to deadlock the game at 10-10 with 10:28 left.

Westminster took advantage of a Churchill penalty to retake the lead on a leaping, turn-around shot by Drenner to take the lead, 11-10, with 9:35 left. After the score, the Owls started to do the little things they hadn't been doing earlier — picking up ground balls and winning face-offs — to take the air out of the Churchill offense. The strategy paid off, as the Owls got goals by Jesse Uhlman, Dan Carder and another by Drenner to put the game away.

"We talked about what we needed to do [at halftime]," Westminster coach Steve DeFeo said. "We have some good shooters and we weren't executing. We just did a better job of getting our shots to fall in the second half."

The Owls were kept in the game by the goaltending of senior Nick Doyle. The goalie made several acrobatic saves, especially in the second and third quarters, to keep Westminster in the game.

"Nick has been one of our leaders all year," said sophomore Ryan Hursey, who had three goals for the Owls. "He made some amazing saves. This is his only year starting, and he played great tonight when he needed to.

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Fallston 23, Northwestern 3: The Cougars advanced to the Class 1A-2A state championship with a lopsided semifinal win Saturday at Bel Air.

Fallston, which had 17 players score, will meet South Carroll for the state crown Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.

"Their kids played with a lot of heart. They were really proud to win the [Baltimore] city championship," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "It's good for them to get this opportunity, and on the flipside, it's good for us to get these guys in that ... we can see what they can do in an actual game situation."

Scoring 12 first-quarter goals, Parks was free to substitute freely from the first quarter on. Marc Badger scored the game's first goal 53 seconds into the game. He was one of nine Cougars to score in the opening quarter.

Defenseman Zack Esser added two goals in the quarter, as did Kyle D'Onofrio and Jeremy Scranton. Brenden Nolan, who finished with a team-best three goals, closed out the first-quarter scoring for a 12-1 lead.

Robbie Kansler was the only other Cougar to have multiple goals, scoring twice.

Northwestern scoring was handled by three players. Major Livingston scored in the first quarter, while Kylie Tyree and Will Gatling each scored in the second quarter.

"We really had a great year. To make it this far, the final four, was really a great achievement," Northwestern coach Lloyd Carter said. "I'm really proud of the team and what they achieved. But we learned today, we have to work on our skills, continue to improve our skills. Fallston is a great team. I think we learned a lot today."

Fallston played three goalies, with starter Caleb Abney and Mark Wollenweber making two saves apiece. Lucas Crofton came in to make four saves.

Northwestern goalie Maurice Smith finished with seven saves.

Randy McRoberts, The Aegis