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Previewing the 2014 girls lacrosse state championship games

(All games at UMBC)

CLASS 2A-1A

No. 8 Manchester Valley (17-1) VS. No. 15 Fallston (14-3)

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Manchester Valley won the first Carroll County championship in school history this spring and looks to follow that up with its first state title. The Mavericks face a Fallston team that has been to the state tournament nine times and won twice, the 3A-2A title in 2009 and the 2A-1A crown two years ago. Both teams faced some tough opponents during the regular season, and all four combined losses came against ranked teams. The Mavericks won their first 12 games before falling to No. 3 Roland Park, 15-13. They needed a few late heroics by their leading scorer, sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson (65 goals, 18 assists), who won a couple of late draws and netted the game-winner with 1:23 left to get past the Eastern Shore's top program, Queen Anne's, 9-8, in Friday night's state semifinal. Junior attacker Allie Little (55, 16) had two goals in the win. The Cougars had the easier route to the final, outscoring their three postseason opponents by an average of 10.7 goals, including a 20-8 rout of Loch Raven in Saturday's semifinal. Their scoring has been balanced throughout the playoffs, with two senior attackers — Kayla Reilly (64, 34) and Caroline English (54, 21) — leading the way.

CLASS 3A-2A

No. 4 Marriotts Ridge (16-2) VS. Oakdale (16-2)

When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: As the only defending champion still alive in the girls tournament, Marriotts Ridge faces Frederick County upstart Oakdale, which is in the state tournament for the first time in just its third season as a varsity program. The Bears are only the second Frederick County program to reach the girls state final after Urbana in 2005. The Mustangs, aiming for a third title in four years, made the final for the fourth time in five years. While they have never faced Oakdale, the two played a couple common opponents this spring. Both had one-goal wins over Century, but the Bears lost to Hereford, 15-4, last month, and Marriotts Ridge rolled over Hereford, 19-3, in Saturday's state semifinal. Senior midfielder Taylor Hensh (82 goals, 39 assists) and senior midfielder-attacker Marissa Davey (55, 25) lead the Mustangs, while senior goalie Rachel Ortell allows just 4.33 goals per game. The Bears' leaders include senior attacker Emily Delorenzo, who had five goals in the 10-8 semifinal win over Stephen Decatur, and sophomore goalie Melissa Semkiw, who had 10 saves in the game. Oakdale looks to become the first team from outside the Baltimore metropolitan counties to win a girls state lacrosse title.

CLASS 4A-3A

No. 10 Severna Park (15-2) VS. Catonsville (10-7)

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Teams that meet in the state final haven't usually played during the regular season, but Severna Park defeated Catonsville, 10-7, in the Anne Arundel Community College Tournament a month ago. For the Comets to turn things around this time, they have to keep the Falcons from dominating the draw, and they likely will have to make up for losing one of their top scorers, senior attacker Brooke Stevens (44 goals, 32 assists), who is doubtful after a knee injury in Saturday's 11-8 semifinal win over Sherwood. The Comets are battle-tested after falling to five ranked teams, including 15-13 to No. 2 Severn, but the Falcons are tough to beat in the state final, with 11 titles in 13 appearances. In the sectional final, Severna Park avenged an early season loss to defending state champion Broadneck, 12-10. While Severna Park senior goalie Rachel Vander Kolk anchors the defense, youngsters drive the attack, including sophomore midfielders Eva Klaus (49, 6) and Laura Milleker (45, 12), who combined for five goals in Friday's 17-2 semifinal win over Walt Whitman. The Comets, who fell in the state semifinals the past two years, won their only title in 1996. Junior attacker Lauren McDonald (47, 32) leads the Comets.

-- Katherine Dunn

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