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Girls Lacrosse: Westminster facing a familiar foe in Class 3A state final

Girls Lacrosse: Westminster facing a familiar foe in Class 3A state final
Westminster players celebrate Anna Ruby's goal against Stephen Decatur during the Class 3A state semifinals at Mount Hebron High School, May 17, 2019. (Terrance Williams / For the Carroll County Times)

When Westminster goes after its second consecutive girls lacrosse state championship Monday night, the Owls will be facing a familiar foe.

C. Milton Wright is Westminster’s final opponent of the season, but one the Owls know fairly well. One month ago, they faced each other in a tournament game at South River High School. Westminster edged its Harford County foe that day despite trailing throughout the entire contest and facing a five-goal deficit at halftime.

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The rematch is set for 7 p.m. at Paint Branch High School.

The Owls (13-6) got past C. Milton Wright 16-15 on April 20 in Edgewater, with senior Hannah Dintino netting the game-winning goal. Dintino finished with seven goals, and Chloe Sedlar added five.

Anna Ruby collected two goals and three assists that day, while goalie Sara Tyssowski came up with 12 saves.

The Mustangs (13-3) led 10-5 at halftime and didn’t relent until the final minutes. They made it to the state final by dispatching Huntingtown 18-8 on Friday, behind Taylor Marchetti’s five goals.

There will be more at stake Monday night, of course — C.M. Wright is after its first state championship since 2004; the Owls are trying to defend their 3A crown.

Carroll County has four lacrosse teams vying for state titles this week.

Century’s boys and South Carroll’s girls play in 2A finals Tuesday night at Paint Branch. The Knights (16-2) get Glenelg (12-6) at 6 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers (15-1) taking on Hereford (17-0) at 8.

Westminster’s boys (18-0) are in the 3A final Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Calvert County’s Northern High (18-1), a rematch of the 2018 title game won by the Owls.

Century’s boys is making their first state finals appearance, while SC’s girls are back for the first time in 26 years.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to work next week,” Century junior attackman Matt Daniel said. “Coming back to work tomorrow, Monday, being focused, have a good practice and just be prepared with that mindset going into Tuesday.”

Manchester Valley's Matthew Fairchild at the finals of the Carroll County tennis tournament, in Eldersburg on Saturday.
Manchester Valley's Matthew Fairchild at the finals of the Carroll County tennis tournament, in Eldersburg on Saturday. (Bill Ryan/ For the Carroll County Times)
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Carroll crowned a few regional champions this weekend, led by Manchester Valley’s Matthew Fairchild.

The senior and county champion added a 3A West title to this year’s resume when Fairchild defeated Karthick Sankar of Tuscarora in the boys singles final Saturday in Hagerstown. Fairchild ran his record to 19-0 this spring, and he qualified for the state tournament that begins Thursday at Wilde Lake Tennis Center in Columbia.

Liberty juniors Noelle Htwar and Emily Brecker (18-0) won the 2A West girls doubles championship Saturday at Baker Park in Frederick. They knocked off Middletown’s Macy Horman and Rithika Krishnamoorthy 6-0, 6-3.

Htwar and Brecker took second at regionals last season. This year they helped the Lions win the 2A West team title.

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So did the boys doubles tandem of Dylan Gettier and Ray Woodward, who beat Middletown’s Cooper Fisher and Matteo DeMarci 7-6 (7-4), 3-0 (retired) in the regional championship match. Gettier and Woodward raised their record to 18-0.

Liberty’s Tyger Zan took second in boys singles, and Century’s Kaitlin Conway and Michael Napolitano finished second in mixed doubles.

Francis Scott Key’s Brandon Bimestefer placed second in boys singles at the 1A West meet at Baker Park.

In 3A West, Westminster’s Audrey Detrow and Amber Manspeaker took second in girls doubles.

Track & Field

Francis Scott Key’s boys track team placed second out of 12 teams at the 1A West meet, which concluded Saturday at Boonsboro High School.

The Eagles, who won the regional title a year ago, totaled 99 points and trailed only the host Warriors (102.5). FSK’s Jacksun Layne won the pole vault title by clearing 12 feet, 7 inches. The Eagles’ 4x200 relay took gold as well, along with Lorenzo Palumbo in the 100 and 200 dashes.

Devin Hurst came in second in the long jump, and Key’s 4x400 relay also won silver. Tanner Miller was second in the 800.

Francis Scott Key’s girls were sixth out of 11 with 46 points. Emma Taggart won the high jump and took third in the discus.

Elizabeth Mahoney was second in shot put, and Haley Sawyers won a silver in pole vault.

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