Loch Raven's fast start finished Towson.
Robyn Harry, Nicole Froman and Kim Allen each scored a goal in the first half as No. 10 Loch Raven defeated Towson, 3-1, in the Class 1A-2A, East Region final last night at Lansdowne.
Top-seeded Loch Raven (14-1) advances to the Class 1A-2A state semifinals on Friday at Catonsville Community College at 7:30 p.m against fourth-seeded Fallston. Towson finished 9-5.
Loch Raven has won region titles in five of the past six years. The Raiders were state runner-ups last year.
Top-seeded Loch Raven pressured third-seeded Towson heavily in the first half. The Raiders outshot Towson, 18-4, and spent much of the half in the Generals' end.
Loch Raven kept the ball in the Towson end for much of the first 20 minutes. The Raiders, who beat Towson twice in the regular season, peppered goalie Sarah Weaver (eight saves in the first half) with shots.
"That's what we wanted to do," said Loch Raven coach Lou Menegatti. "We wanted to get up on top."
And they did. The Raiders got on the board at the eight-minute mark. Allen sent a ball into the box that bounced high over goalie Sarah Weaver's head to Harry, who put the ball into the empty net for a 1-0 lead.
Then, with 27:44 left in the half, Loch Raven struck again. Carrie Winkler sent a cross from the left side that Froman one-timed past Weaver to up the lead to 2-0.
"Once we had the two-goal lead, they didn't seem like they were up," said Harry.
Allen made it 3-0 with 1:50 left in the half. Bridget Harthausen pushed a ball to her on the left side about 15 yards out. Allen then sent a curving shot that hit the far post and bounced into the net.
Towson got some offense going in the second half. The Generals scored with 10:50 left on an Amanda Thompson shot, slicing the lead to 3-1, but they could do no more.
Loch Raven had some chances in the second half, but it let the defense do most of the work. The Raiders outshot Towson, 27-9, for the night.
Towson coach Susan Beeler said the early lead made the difference, and trying to recover from a three-goal deficit against Loch Raven was too much to ask.
"They always start fast against us," said Beeler. "You just can't [play catch-up] against Loch Raven."