(All games at UMBC)
NO. 2 CENTURY (16-2) VS. NO. 6 MARRIOTTS RIDGE (17-1)
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Outlook: The defending champion Knights are going for their seventh title in 10 years against the 2011 champs. Two years ago, Marriotts Ridge beat the Knights, 8-4, for their first state lacrosse crown. Both feature dynamic midfields, with Century led by Florida-bound senior Haley Bordner (39 goals, 38 assists) and the Mustangs by Maryland-bound senior Zoe Stukenberg (72, 41). Both teams are battle-tested with losses to No. 1 McDonogh and both have pulled out overtime wins. The Knights edged then-No. 2 C. Milton Wright, 10-9, in the state semifinal when Bordner fed freshman M Hannah Warther (64, 5) in double overtime to avenge a regular-season loss. Stukenberg scored the game winner to beat Mount Hebron 13-12 in the fourth overtime during the regular season. The Knights have a strong defensive anchor in senior G Allison Remenapp (.508 save percentage). The Mustangs are also led by junior M Taylor Hensh (54, 21) and senior D Alex McKay.
WINTERS MILL (14-5) VS. EASTON (16-2)
When: Tuesday, 4
Outlook: Winters Mill has been a regular in the title game for four years, winning three titles, while the Warriors reached the final for the first time in four tries and are aiming for the Eastern Shore's first state girls lacrosse championship. In the semifinals, the Warriors dethroned defending champ Fallston, 12-11, on a goal from senior A Abbey Harrison (35, 16) with about four minutes left. The teams faced one common opponent this spring, Fallston, and the Falcons defeated the Cougars, 14-6, in late April. Both teams have balanced scoring and don't allow many opponents to hit double figures. The Falcons, who beat Loch Raven 15-8 in the semifinal, are led by the Vanderbilt-bound Trentzsch twins, senior midfielders Sydney (52, 17) and Shelby (19, 14) and sophomore A Erin McGuire (39, 31). Senior M Paige Gamble (53, 44) became the Warriors' all-time leading scorer with three goals and two assists in the semifinal.
NO. 10 BROADNECK (17-3) VS. SHERWOOD (16-0)
When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Outlook: Both of these teams already have accomplished a lot, with Broadneck emerging from the state's toughest region and Sherwood reaching the state final for the first time. The Bruins, who had to get past two-time defending state champ Severna Park, undefeated Leonardtown and archrival South River just to get out of their region, will be going for their third state title and their first since 2003. They handily dispatched No. 15 Catonsville, 15-5, in the state semifinal. The Warriors got eight goals from senior M Maddie Doan (72, 28) in defeating Howard, 18-14, in the semifinal, the first time a Montgomery County team had won a girls state tournament game. The Bruins, who beat South River, 14-13, in the regional final after falling to the Seahawks twice earlier in the season, are led by Navy-bound senior M Aislinn Probst (63, 24), junior M Ellie McNulty (55, 13) and Northwestern-bound G Natalee Easthom (.481 save percentage).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun