Caitlin O'Malley made 22 saves to set the tone for No. 1 Mount Hebron's 14-5 victory over No. 11 Glenelg in yesterday's Class 3A-2A South girls lacrosse championship.
The Vikings (17-1) won their 18th regional championship and will begin their quest for an 11th straight state championship and their 15th overall when they meet Walkersville/Urbana in the state semifinal tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Reservoir.
Yesterday, the host Vikings had a 3-1 lead when O'Malley began her heroics, holding off the Gladiators' shooters and allowing them no momentum.
"Had she not made some of those first few saves, it could have been a completely different game," said Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland. At 3-1, "she just made three quick saves and that could have easily been the tying point in the game and they would have had the momentum."
Instead, the Vikings took a 7-2 halftime lead and extended it to 14-2 before the Gladiators scored three times in the final 2:35.
Jaqueline Giles led the Vikings with three goals while Alicia Krause, Jackie Doherty, Jill Rekart and Jessica Giles added two each.
Kristy Black and Julianne Nicola each scored twice for the Gladiators (15-3).
No. 9 North Harford 11, No. 12 Towson 10 -- The Hawks took an 11-8 lead with three minutes to go and held on for the Class 3A-2A North region title and their second one-goal victory over the Generals this season. After Towson pulled within one with about 1:50 to play, Megan Bohns won a ground ball and the Hawks (15-1) maintained possession the rest of the way. Corey Donohoe had four goals and two assists and Lauren Scott made 15 saves for the Hawks, who will play Stephen Decatur in the state semifinals tonight at 8 p.m. at Reservoir. Sarah Clemmens led the Generals (12-5) with four goals.
No. 10 Dulaney 14, C. Milton Wright 5 -- The two-time defending state Class 4A-3A champions got seven goals and two assists from Mary Heneberry to fuel their return to the state tournament. The Lions (14-2), who also got three goals and an assist from Kristen Horsman, will meet Blake in the state semifinals tonight at 6 p.m. at Annapolis.
No. 5 Century 19, Poolesville 8 -- Senior midfielder Jennie Steadman scored eight goals as the Knights took care of the Falcons in the Class 2A-1A West regional semifinals. Steadman, who is two goals away from tying the Carroll County career scoring record, also added an assist. Katie Schwarzmann scored three goals and recorded an assist for the Knights (15-2), who will face Havre de Grace in the state semifinals tonight at South Carroll.
Havre de Grace 11, Rising Sun 9 -- Jess Graybeal led all scorers with five goals, while Ashley Worthington recorded 14 saves to push the Warriors (13-2) past the Tigers in the Class 2A-1A South semifinals.