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No. 9 C. Milton Wright and Westminster met for the second time this season and posted an identical score, with the visiting Mustangs winning, 9-7. This time, however, the Class 4A-3A North region championship was at stake.

The Mustangs' Joe Scanlon scored four goals and had an assist, including his team's first three goals as they built a 4-1 halftime lead. Kevin Hershner scored three goals and Jeff Rominski had two goals and an assist for the visiting Mustangs (15-2), who scored 14 seconds into the second quarter, 1:13 into the third quarter and eight seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs, whose biggest lead was 7-2, also scored with two seconds left in the third quarter. Jason Holman led the Owls with two goals and two assists.

Westminster (11-5) led 1-0 after one quarter and outshot C. Milton Wright, 31-23.

The Mustangs move to the 4A-3A semifinals Saturday at Annapolis High.

No. 15 Arundel 12, Severna Park 11: Chase Gompers, Brad Korvin and Luis Gonzalez scored three goals each and Mike Collier added two goals and four assists in an East regional as the Wildcats won their first region (Class 4A-3A) title since 1995.

The visiting Wildcats (14-4) had to overcome five goals and one assist from the Falcons' Paul Burnett and trailed most of the way.

Collier and Korvin scored back-to-back to start the final period to give Arundel a 10-9 lead, but Brian Burns tied it at 10 for the two-time defending champion Falcons (11-6) with 8:13 remaining. Goals by sophomores Gonzalez and Ron Gonski regained the lead for Arundel at 12-10 with seven minutes left.

Burnett's fifth goal from Jason Seltzer with 2:07 left made it 12-11 Arundel and the Wildcats held on.

No. 8 Dulaney 21, Parkville 3: Bryan Will netted four goals for the defending state Class 4A-3A champs. Mike Obinger, Kyle Batton and Eric Wittelsberger added three goals each for the Lions (12-3) in the South region final.

Eastern Tech 18, Franklin 14: Brad Newell scored 13 points to lead the Mavericks over the host Indians in the Class 3A-2A South region title game.

Newell finished with six goals and seven assists. Teammate Matt Cougle had five goals and an assist. Andy Schuster had three goals and four assists for the Indians.

South River 17, Leonardtown 4: Bob Woody scored give goals and Brian Davison had three goals and two assists to lead the host Seahawks to the Class 3A-2A East region title.

No. 13 Pikesville 15, Towson 5: Cory Williams scored five goals and Andrew Schwartzman added two goals and three assists to lead the Panthers (14-1) past the visiting Generals (12-3) for the Class 2A-1A South region title.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the opening 1:45 to build an 8-4 halftime lead. They took charge with a dominating third quarter at both ends, blanking the Generals to take an 11-4 lead into the fourth quarter. Pikesville keeper Jesse Schwartzman finished with nine saves.

The win sends Pikesville to its second-ever state playoff appearance - against Centennial Friday or Saturday at Bel Air High. A date or time has yet to be announced. The only other state appearance for the Panthers took place in 1975 when they claimed the state crown.

"We knew beating them earlier [an 18-10 win in the regular season], they would come in a little tougher, so we wanted to do the same thing - jump on them early," said Pikesville coach Tano Arrogancia.

The Generals got a two-goal effort from Nick Williams.- Glenn Graham

Centennial 11, Oakland Mills 7: The Eagles were supposed be too young to make much noise this season, as 12 sophomores and one freshman were slated to play key roles. But Centennial (11-6) turned that question mark into its strength late in the year, and got two goals and an assist from sophomore Mike Down to help beat the host Scorpions handily to reach the 2A-1A North regional final.

Senior Colin Stumpf added two goals and Matt Teeters won nine of 10 faceoffs in the victory, which avenged a double overtime loss to the Scorpions on the final day of the regular season.

"I think early on, our young kids were kind of content to tread water and play for the future," said Centennial coach Mike Seigert. "Our seniors kind of stepped up and said, 'Hey, our future is right now.' We played with some passion today."

Oakland Mills (10-5) played tough, especially Sean McElroy, who scored three times and assisted on three other goals. But a five-goal barrage in the third period by the Eagles sealed things up, as Down scored twice, and Sean Dougherty, Joe Link and Stumpf each scored once, and Centennial's defense locked up Oakland Mills' high-powered attack.

"We're not looking at being young as an excuse anymore," said Eagles senior defenseman Wyatt Cooper. "That was the beginning of the year. There is a lot of confidence here now. I think we can keep going." -- Kevin Van Valkenburg

Southern-AA 13, Kent Island 4: The Bulldogs (8-7) traveled to the Eastern Shore to win the Class 2A-1A East region title, their first since 1997. Joe Adams led Southern with three goals and four assists and the Witt brothers, freshman Steve (4) and junior Dan, combined for six goals.

Trevor Krauss finished with 23 saves.

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