When Severna Park senior Madeline Ross stepped onto the field for Saturday's Class 4A-3A state semifinal, she couldn't help but think about the heartbreak of a year ago. That's when the Falcons — then shooting for their fourth straight state title — fell to county-rival South River in the regionals.
"That feeling was just awful," Ross said. "We didn't want to experience that again."
It didn't take No. 15 Severna Park long to wisk away that memory, quickly burying previously unbeaten Winston Churchill by scoring the game's first eight goals and rolling to a 20-3 win at Arundel.
The Falcons (16-4) advance to the Class 4A-3A state final at UMBC, where they will face Westminster, a winner over C. Milton Wright on Friday. The game wil take place either Tuesday or Wednesday at a time to be determined.
Severna Park will be seeking its 10th championship since 1990.
To get that chance, the Falcons made quick work of a Churchill (15-1) team that had averaged 16 goals. They outshot their Montgomery County foe, 31-15, and built a 12-1 lead by early in the second half.
Sophomore Morgan Torggler led the Falcons with three goals, with Kendyl Gardner, Ryan Bathras, Madison Thomas, Elizabeth Barranco and Rachel Mia adding two apiece.
Loch Raven 13, Patterson Mill 10: A fast start and balanced effort kept Loch Raven comfortably ahead of Patterson Mill in a Class 2A-1A semifinal at Bel Air on Saturday, sending the Raiders to their 10th state championship game.
Loch Raven (11-5) will meet defending champ and No. 6 Winters Mills on Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC in search of the program's fifth title and first since 1995. It's a rematch of last year's title game, which was won by the Falcons, 15-8.
"They're strong. We were up against them last year and it will come down to staying disciplined. We need to play smart, know when to save our energy and when to explode," said Loch Raven coach Tracy Mabe.
Sophomore attack Meredith Moore finished with three goals and one assists and junior midfielder Christie Moyer added three goals for the Raiders, who methodically built a 9-4 halftime advantage and were never threatened the rest of the way.
"If we start off quick, it's easier because we don't have to fight to get back and we just work better when it's high emotion and fast paced," Moore said.
Patterson Mill, which got eight goals from senior midfielder Taylor Burris, finished the season with an 8-10 mark. Burris finished the season with 64 goals and 19 assists.
No. 8 Century 19, Stephen Decatur 3: Jill Remenapp had a hand in 13 points as the No. 8 Knights rolled into the state final for the eighth time in nine years with a victory over the Seahawks in the Class 3A-2A semifinals Saturday at Annapolis.
The two-time defending champion Knights (15-2) will play for their sixth title since 2004 when they meet No. 5 Marriotts Ridge, an 8-7 winner over No. 9 Fallston in Friday night's other semifinal, Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. The title game will be a rematch of last year's state semifinal that Century won 10-6.
Saturday afternoon, the Seahawks (12-4) were within 3-2 in the first five minutes, but the Knights closed out the first half with an 11-0 run.
Remenapp finished with six goals and seven assists. Alice Mercer also had five goals for the Knights while Angela Flister added three.
The Knights are the third Carroll County team to advance to the state finals. Friday night, No. 4 and unbeaten Westminster defeated C. Milton Wright, 14-10, in Class 4A-3A and defending Class 2A-1A champ and No. 6 Winters Mill moved on with a 16-8 win over previously unbeaten Queen Anne's.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun