The Francis Scott Key boys lacrosse team will have to wait another season to get that elusive regional title.
The Eagles were outshot, outhustled and outplayed by visiting Glenelg, which sprinted away with a 17-7 victory in Union Bridge last night.
The senior attack duo of Justin Merson and Nathan Krida scored all seven of Francis Scott Key's goals - four for Merson, three for Krida - but it wasn't enough to prevent the Gladiators from capturing the Class 3A-2A-1A West regional crown.
Glenelg, which improved to 15-4 courtesy of a game-high six goals from junior attack Shane Baxter, enjoyed a 52-42 edge in shots and a 43-22 advantage in groundballs over the Eagles (10-8).
"I think Glenelg was much more experienced," said Francis Scott Key coach John Baugher, who has been guiding the program since its beginning in 1998. "They dominated the loose-ball game, and we made a lot of turnovers that they actually forced. That was a good example of our inexperience."
Senior midfielder Sean Todd, senior midfielder Darby Akers and junior midfielder Thomas Fletcher each finished with an assist, and freshman goalkeeper Kevin Vanderlinden turned away 16 shots.
Thomas Johnson 4, No.15 North Carroll 3: The Panthers got a 4-for-4 performance at the plate from sophomore shortstop Kristy Shaffer, but the Patriots outlasted visiting North Carroll in a Class 3A West regional semifinal in Frederick yesterday.
Batting in the leadoff spot, Shaffer drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth inning, and junior second baseman Valerie Mathis finished 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the second and a run scored.
But Thomas Johnson, the Central Maryland Conference co-champion which improved to 18-5, scored all of its runs in the third inning, courtesy of a three-run home run from sophomore catcher Brianna Kozak and an RBI single from senior rightfielder Stephanie Bolte.
Panthers coach Lloyd Ford, whose squad finished its season 14-7, said the game's turning point hinged on a throw from Patriots sophomore center fielder Kristin Palm that cut down Shaffer trying to score off a sacrifice fly in the fifth."The catcher did a great job of blocking the plate, and the center fielder made the throw," Ford said.
Thomas Johnson 6, North Carroll 0: The Patriots received a two-hit, complete-game performance from Tyler Wingerd to ease past the visiting Panthers in a Class 3A West regional semifinal in Frederick yesterday.
Thomas Johnson, which improved to 10-11, scored a run in the first and second innings and sealed the win with three doubles in a four-run sixth.
But North Carroll coach Denny Snyder, whose team dropped to 10-12, said the key to the win was Wingerd, who struck out 10 Panthers batters and allowed just two singles to junior pinch hitter Chris Sanders and senior leftfielder Rusty Lamotte in the seventh and final inning.
"He was really on today," Snyder said of Wingerd. "He kept the hitters off balance. ... Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the better pitcher, and today he was very effective."