Girls lacrosse state championship previews

All games at Stevenson University

Class 4A-3A

NO. 8 SEVERNA PARK (17-2)

VS. NO. 11 BEL AIR (14-4)

When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Outlook: The Falcons and the Bobcats last met in the highest scoring game in state tournament history — an 18-15 Severna Park victory two years ago. Neither team made it to the state final four last season, so the Falcons are aiming for their 14th state title — just one short of Mount Hebron's record — while the Bobcats are looking for their first championship. Coach Kaitlyn Hines' Falcons are riding a 15-game winning streak into the state final, averaging 13.7 goals and giving up just 6.2 with seniors Caroline Millenburg and goalie Amanda Rumsey leading the defense. The Falcons started the season 2-2 with losses to No. 2 Glenelg and Mount Hebron, but came back to run through Anne Arundel County and take an impressive 15-12 win over Good Counsel. Coach Kristen Barry's Bobcats average 14.6 goals per game and give up 7.6 anchored by senior goalie Molly Loughlin. They have won six straight and avenged a regular-season loss to No. 12 Westminster with a 10-9 overtime victory in the regional final. Westminster had just knocked off defending state champ Dulaney in the sectional final. Both teams rolled into the title game — Severna Park, 15-0, over Montgomery Blair, and Bel Air, 19-5, over Sherwood. Senior attacker Sarah Elms leads Severna Park with 45 goals and eight assists. Senior attacker Julia Henry leads the Bobcats with 60 goals and 22 assists.

Class 3A-2A

NO. 2 GLENELG (19-0)

VS. C. MILTON WRIGHT (10-6)

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Glenelg is the only defending champion left in the girls state finals, aiming for a fourth title. The Gladiators and C. Milton Wright are familiar foes, with Glenelg rolling past the Mustangs, 15-3, in last year's state semifinal. The Mustangs, however, improved on that in a 13-5 Glenelg win in the first week in April. That is one of the better performances this season against Nikki Trunzo's Gladiators, who allowed only three opponents closer than within seven goals — a 9-7 win over No. 3 Notre Dame Prep and 10-7 and 8-6 wins over No. 4 Marriotts Ridge. The defense allows just 4.2 goals per game. The Mustangs, who had a coaching chance in midseason to Tayler Kuzma, dropped their final three regular-season games by a goal each before rebounding in the playoffs and nipping Hereford in overtime in the regional final for the second straight year. They average 12.2 goals, led by junior midfielder Moriah Snyder (40 goals, 21 assists), and their defense has tightened in the playoffs, allowing just 4.5 goals after giving up 8.7 during the regular season. Still the Mustangs know they will have their hands full against one of the area's most prolific attacks, averaging 16.1 goals per game with four players contributing 50 or more points — senior attacker Lindsay Letellier (32 goals, 69 assists), senior attacker Alayna Pagnotta (58, 20), junior midfielder Anna Callahan (53, 14) and senior attacker Courtney Renehan (37, 15).

Class 2A-1A

NO. 7 CENTURY (16-3)

VS. FALLSTON (15-3)

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Between them, Century and Fallston have been in the state tournament 23 times. Twice they've won state championships in the same year, but hopping back and forth between Class 2A-1A and Class 3A-2A, they have never met in the state tournament — or anywhere else. In their first meeting, the Knights are going after their eight title while Fallston aims for its third. Both teams have had ups and downs this season but they breezed through their regions before finding more competition in the state semifinals. Century defeated Liberty, 15-8, in a game filled with lightning delays and finished the next morning. Fallston slipped by Queen Anne's, 7-5. The teams had one common opponent, Manchester Valley. Century won, 13-12, and the Cougars lost, 17-6. Coach Becky Groves' Knights average 16.8 goals per game, led by senior attacker Michaela Connolly's 70 goals and 88 assists and freshman midfielder Grace Bruce's 71 goals and 15 assists. Fallston, which averages 14.4 goal per game, is more balanced, led by senior attacker Zoe Hurlburt's 49 goals and 24 assists, but its defense has put it in position to return to the state final after falling to Manchester Valley in last year's title game. Coach Mike McTeague's Cougars have allowed an average of 8.1 goals this season but have cut that to 4.8 in the playoffs. Century, however, is allowing 2.8 goals in the playoffs — down from 6.4 for the season as a whole.

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