Liberty (18-0) will face Southern of Anne Arundel County at Northeast-Anne Arundel on Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined.
This is a familiar spot for Liberty. Southern-AA (11-5) eliminated the Lions 13-8 in the state semifinals last year. After winning the region championship, the Lions players talked about how dangerous their next opponent is, how they will have to be nearly perfect in every facet.
Still, their last team goal is in front of them.
"Before the season, we talked about getting three banners," Liberty junior Mark Conway said. "One for counties. One for the region. And one for states."
The Lions had no trouble with Boonsboro (12-2), the best team Washington County lacrosse had to offer this year. Conway, Cirulli and Noah Rohrer goals pushed Liberty to a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes.
Conway had four assists. Jack Boyer added two goals. Cirulli had three assists, content to absorb double teams and calmly flip passes at wide open teammates cutting toward the net.
Boonsboro's Keegan Bowles had five goals in a victory over Catoctin in the sectional final. He had just one goal against the Lions.
With a comfortable double-digit advantage throughout the second half, the Lions played their reserves and rested their starters.
After the game, the Lions had a subdued celebration. A team photo was taken with the region championship plaque. Players walked over to the gate in front of the bleachers and received hugs from friends and family.
Goals: B-Jack Krasny 2, Keegan Bowles, Keegan Long, Thomas Schnackenberg; L-Mark Conway 4, Jared Cirulli 4, Michael Smith 4, Jack Boyer 2, Paul Fiscella, Noah Rohrer, Kyle Dale, Casey Beck, Brandon Irons, Ronnie Shaney.
Assists: B-Keegan Long 2, Collin Mannix; L-Conway 4, Cirulli 3, Smith, Irons, Kevin Maggio.