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Bel Air, Fallston to play for field hockey region titles

Bel Air's Lauren Fisher drives the ball during Monday night's Class 3A North-Section II final against North Harford at Bel Air.
Bel Air's Lauren Fisher drives the ball during Monday night's Class 3A North-Section II final against North Harford at Bel Air. (Aegis staff photo by Matt Button, The Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Field hockey teams from Bel Air and Fallston were both winners Monday and each will play for a region championship at home Wednesday.

Bel Air's win came over visiting North Harford, 1-0, in a Class 3A North-Section II final. The Bobcats (10-4) will host Towson at 6 p.m. for the title.

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In Bel Air's win, Anna Farley scored the game's only goal, unassisted, just four minutes into the game. Goalie Morgan Domanico was credited with seven saves and Katy Higinbothom had a defensive save.

The Hawks finish 7-8-1.

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Fallston's win came over visiting Patterson Mill, 4-1, in a Class 1A North-Section II final. The Cougars (8-7-1) will host Perryville (9-5) at 3:30 p.m. for the crown. Perryville shut out North East, 2-0, Monday.

In Fallston's win, the Cougars were aided by an early penalty stroke goal. The stroke was awarded when a Fallston shot that was headed into the goal struck a Patterson Mill defender's foot. The stroke was converted by Kylie Ryan with 27:43 to play in the opening half.

The Cougars pushed the lead to 2-0 12 minutes later. Maddie Hurlburt converted off a corner with Liz Herbert assisting.

Patterson Mill's (7-8-1) lone goal also came on a corner in the first half. Hailey Horton knocked in a rebound off one of Fallston goalie Caitlin Phillips' eight saves. The score came at the 9:31 mark.

Fallston scored early again in the second half when Hebert scored with an assist from Hannah Sample. The goal came at the 27:17 mark and less than five minutes later, the Cougars closed out the scoring. Caroline Graf did the honors off a corner assist from Sydney Fox.

"We've had trouble scoring this year, so scoring early, by Kylie putting that stroke in, that was really big and uplifting for us," Cougars head coach Alice Puckett said. "It was a good start and a good finish."

The Cougars were awarded another penalty stroke with just over eight minutes to play, but Huskies goalie Grace Baltimore made one of her 17 saves.

Cougars blank Mariners

The Fallston Cougars field hockey advanced in the region playoffs Friday, blanking visiting Joppatowne, 9-0, in Class 1A North-Section II semifinal.

The Cougars (7-7-1) were led by junior Emily Stambaugh, who scored three goals and assisted on another.

Maddie Hurlburt added two goals, while Hannah Sample and Caroline Graf each had a goal and assist.

Erin McClelland and Jane Bradley also had goals and Krista Cooper added an assist.

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Caitlin Phillips and Lindsay Nichols combined in goal for the shutout; Nichols recorded one save in the second half.

Joppatowne (0-11-1) goalie Lanya Dix had 15 saves.

Opening playoffs day

The region field hockey playoffs got off to a good start Thursday for a few county teams, while a handful of others saw their seasons come to an end.

In what may be the biggest surprise, defending Class 3A state champion C. Milton Wright was eliminated in Class 3A North-Section II semifinal play.

The Mustangs (5-6-3) lost, 1-0, to host North Harford (7-7-1); the game's only goal was scored in the first half by Katie Campbell off an assist from Sarah Jackson.

Hawks goalie Skylar Limpert recorded the win with five saves, while Mustangs keeper Sydney Rhodes closes a solid career with four saves.

Bobcats beat Eagles

Bel Air (9-4) blanked visiting Aberdeen (2-10), 10-0, Thursday in an 3A North-Section II semifinal. Stats were not available.

Huskies beat Cobras in OT

In 1A North-Section II semifinal play, defending 1A state runner-up Patterson Mill (7-7-1) needed overtime to get past host Harford Tech, 3-2. The Cobras finish 5-7-1.

Hailey Horton, Nina Urban and Maggie Egan tallied goals for the Huskies. Mia Godbey assisted on Egan's goal.

Mikaela Hairston and Courtney Hill scored Tech's goals. Meagan Sturla added an assist.

Tech goalie Jessie Clancy finished with 11 saves.

Panthers blank Warriors

Perryville (8-5) had no trouble with visiting Havre de Grace (2-11) in 1A North-Section I semifinal play. The Panthers scored multiple goals in both halves and won big, 10-0.

Claire Hudson scored the first of Perryville's four, first half goals. Krissy McDuff, Merve Akbay and Kyleigh Knell also scored in the half.

Lydia Hill opened second half scoring, with Aubrey Hill and Ali Hunter each scoring twice in the half. Taylor Poore also scored for the Panthers and Aubrey Hill picked up an assist.

Lacey Flores (three saves) and Madalyn Wilkinson (two saves) split halves in the Perryville goal, while goalie Jeannette Luna made six saves for Havre de Grace.

Perryville will host North East on Monday in the section final. North East (5-8) defeated Bo Manor, 2-0, Thursday.

Other score

In Class 2A East-Section II semifinal play, Edgewood (6-7) lost 1-0 at Rising Sun.

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