Broadneck's Ellen McNulty had seven goals and an assist and Aislinn Probst scored four goals and added two assists to lead the No. 12 Bruins (17-3) to a 15-5 win over No. 15 Catonsville (16-3) in the Class 4A-3A state semifinals at Franklin on Saturday afternoon.
Probst scored 10 seconds after winning the opening draw, and the Bruins had nine of the first 10 goals in the game on the way to a 10-3 lead at halftime.
"We just were trying to stay patient and play our game and score early so we didn't have to fight back at the end," McNulty said.
Becky Meyers (three goals, two assists), Arden Smith (one goal) and Zoe Earnest (one assist) also contributed for the Bruins, who will play Sherwood in the Class 4A-3A state championship game 6 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC.
Deb Milani, a senior who will play at Maryland next year, helped the Comets cut the lead to 11-5 with 13:30 left in the game when she scored a goal and assisted on another from Rachel Saks. Catonsville goalie Grace Campbell also made a tough save on a rebound shot from Probst during that stretch.
But Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall called a timeout with 11:11 left, and the Bruins held the Comets scoreless the rest of the way.
"They are a very good team, and coach just told us to settle down and play our game and keep the lead," McNulty said.
Milani (two goals, two assists), Saks (two goals) and Claudia Flister (one goal) led the Comets offensively, but they couldn't overcome the Bruins' defense, anchored by goalie Natalee Easthom and defenders Emily Barton, Erin Murnane and Sarah Ruzzi.
Campbell had nine saves for Catonsville and senior defender Maddie Hunt played well defensively.
"I did see Catonsville play, and I knew that they had very good players that we would need to maintain possession of the ball and control the momentum of the game." Tengwall said. "I feel like a lot of our midfielders were able to do that."
Turnovers and the Comets' struggles in the first half proved to be the differences in the game, Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said.
"We got off to a slow start, and this team was too good to get a slow start against," Clipp said. "They are the best team I've seen. They are very good."
EASTON 12, FALLSTON 11: The Warriors, from Talbot County, scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining to edge the defending Class 2A-1A state champion Cougars (10-8) in a state semifinal Saturday at Bel Air.
After taking the one-goal lead, Easton (16-2) controlled the draw and held posession for the rest of the game.
Junior Sarah Salins led Easton with four goals, while senior Paige Gamble added three goals and two assists. Junior attacker Caroline English scored six goals in the loss for Fallston, which had a 9-8 lead at halftime.
The Warriors, making their first appearance in the state championship in school history, will play Winters Mill for the Class 2A-1A title 4 p.m. Tuesday at UMBC. Winters Mill won the state title in 2010 and 2011 before losing, 12-8, to Fallston in last year's championship game.
SHERWOOD 17, HOWARD 14: The Warriors (16-0), from Montgomery County, advanced to the state championship game for the first time in school history with a three-goal victory over the Lions on Saturday at Annapolis in the other Class 4A-3A semifinal .
Howard, which played in the state semifinals for the first time in history, finished the season with a 12-6 record.
12 Broadneck 15, 15 Catonsville 5
Goals: B—McNulty 7, Probst 4, Meyers 3, Smith. C—Milani 2, Saks 2, Flister.
Assists: B—Probst 2, Meyers 2, Earnest. C—Milani 2.
Saves: B—Easthom 6. C—Campbell 9.
Half: B, 10-3.
Easton 12, Fallston 11
Goals E - Salins 4, Gamble 3, A. Harrison 3, Walsh 2; F - English 6, Mozingo, Barile, Summers, Gasior, Scranton;
Assists E - Gamble 2, Blanche, L. Harrison;
Saves - E - Szymanski 6 F - Wright 4
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