The brackets for the state girls lacrosse tournament were announced Monday with seven local teams earning No. 1 seeds, including defending Class 3A-2A champ Marriotts Ridge and defending Class 2A-1A champ Winters Mill. Last year’s Class 4A-3A winner, Severna Park, is the No. 5 seed in a tough East region.
Here’s a look at some of the regions and a few potential matchups as the teams play for berths in the state tournament scheduled for May 22 and 23 at UMBC.
South River earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A-3A East region, the toughest region in the state. Leonardtown is second folowed by Annapolis, Huntingtown, Severna Park and Broadneck.
This region is always highly-competitive especially among the four Anne Arundel County teams and the winner has gone on to take the last five state titles and eight of 11 since the tournament expanded from two classifications to three. Since the state girls lacrosse tournament began in 1990, Severna Park, South River, Annapolis and Broadneck have combined for 16 championships.
The Seahawks, who won the 2010 title, appear on a semifinal collison course with the defending champion Falcons, who won their 10th state title last year. South River won the regular-season meeting 11-9.
In Class 4A-3A, Catonsville also earned the top seed. Dulaney is fourth and the Baltimore County rivals could met for the third time in two weeks in the semifinal. Catonsville won both times last week, including Saturday’s Baltimore County championship.
In the Class 3A-2A East bracket, Marriotts Ridge is seeded first with Howard County rival Moun Hebron second. If they meet in the title game, it would be the second time in two years. Last season, the Mustangs avenged their regular-season loss to Mount Hebron in the regional final. This year, the undefeated Mustangs beat the Vikings, 12-6, on April 17.
In Class 3A-2A West, Century earns the second seed behind Damscus as the Knights begin their quest to avenge their 8-4 loss to Marriotts Ridge in last year’s state final. The Knights are looking for their sixth title in nine years.
City took the top spot in Class 3A-2A North with C. Milton Wright second. North Harford, which fell to C. Milton Wright, 12-11 in overtime, is seeded 11th and in the Mustang’s half of the bracket.
In Class 2A-1A North, Winters Mill is seeded first with Carroll County rival Manchester Valley, second. The Falcons are looking for their third straight title and their fourth since 2008.
Sparrows Point earned the top seed in Class 2A-1A North and Harford Tech is first in Class 2A-1A south with Fallston, second.
The regional playoffs begin Wednesday with the finals scheduled for May 16. State semifinals will be held May 18 and 19 at Franklin, Annapolis and Bel Air.
To see the full brackets, visit the MPSSAA web site.