Catonsville needed three overtimes to defeat Franklin las Friday and advance to last night's Class 4A-3A, Region II boys lacrosse final.
The Comets' reward? A game against top seed and No. 9 North County.
This time, third seed Catonsville wouldn't get past regulation. It barely survived the first half.
The host Knights dominated from the opening whistle, scoring the first 13 goals and cruising to a 15-2 victory.
Senior Andy Mocarsky had three goals and four assists for North County (15-1), which moves on to Saturday's 4A-3A state semifinals at UMBC.
Senior Greg Sabo added four goals and one assist, and senior Shawn Moyer had three goals and one assist.
Senior Brian Thompson -- who scored the game-winner in Catonsville's 8-7 victory over Franklin -- and junior Aaron Lovinger had the Comets' goals.
North County held a 13-2 edge in shots after one quarter and led, 4-0.
By halftime, the Knights were ahead, 10-0, they were outshooting the Comets, 23-5, and the only question was whether Catonsville would avoid being shut out in its first night game of the year.
Thompson made sure of that, scoring unassisted late in the third quarter.
"This was a good tuneup," said Knights coach Paul Shea. "The kids played well, but it's going to get a lot tougher from here on out."
Sabo converted a pass from Mocarsky at 3:41 to give North County a 1-0 lead. Mocarsky assisted on the second goal, by Mark Collins, and scored unassisted with 3:20 left for a 3-0 lead.
The Comets (9-5) didn't take their first shot until early in the second quarter. By then, the game already was slipping away.
Catonsville lost 17 seniors from a team that went 8-4 last year. Thompson was the lone senior starter, and the team began the season 0-3.
Just getting to last night's region finals was an accomplishment.
"At the beginning of the season, I was hoping we'd go 6-6. I would have been happy with that," said coach Terry Lathroum.
"They had a little more talent, a little more age and a little more experience, and that came through. This was a learning experience for us."