Yesterday, Dulaney's Jay Mann couldn't stop thinking about how badly he and his Lions teammates wanted to win last night's state semifinal game and avenge last year's two-goal semifinal loss to Wootton.
The senior midfielder did his part, contributing a goal and three asissts, and the No. 8 Lions scored three of the last four goals to win, 9-6, in their Class 4A-3A semifinal played in a drizzle at North Carroll.
"All day I thought about our semifinal loss last year and ... about how bad we wanted to win," Mann said. "Our goal every year is to win the state championship. The seniors met earlier this year and we told ourselves we are not going to lose the state championship. Now, we're right where we want to be."
The Lions (15-2) will go after their eighth state title and their second in three years when they meet the winner of today's semifinal between two-time defending champion and No. 12 Severna Park and Urbana on Tuesday or Wednesday night at UMBC.
Last night, the Lions and the Patriots (16-2) were tied five times before Mann scored his only goal for a 6-5 lead to close the third quarter.
Wootton made the first mistake of the fourth quarter, turning over a clear on a bad pass that Kenny Naylor picked off at midfield. Naylor quickly fed Spencer Martin for a 7-5 Lions lead.
After Jeff Zifrony brought the Patriots within 7-6, Dulaney goalie Alex Williamson came up with one of the many superb saves among his 12 for the game.
Williamson passed to Mann, who took off and found Cody Lehrer for the backbreaker and an 8-6 lead with 3:27 to go.
"It was a huge goal. Cody just caught it and stuck it," Mann said. "We had some adversity tonight with the bad weather, but we really came out and played with great intensity."
Walkersville 21, Centennial 11 --Centennial coach Mike Siegert implored his team to do a better job of pressuring Walkersville's high-powered attack in the Class 3A-2A state semifinal at Annapolis after the Lions scored four unanswered goals in the first quarter.
However, nothing worked for the Eagles and they could not come up with schemes to contain Walkersville of Frederick County. The Lions, who have won 13 straight, will play the winner of today's Hereford-Kent Island semifinal in search of their first state title since they started playing lacrosse nine years ago.
"I got an offense that moves," Walkersville coach David Baldwin said. "We are quick on our feet."
Chad Benford led Walkersville with seven goals. Shaun Baldwin, the coach's son, added six and Brian Schultz had three. Harrison Chaires led Centennial (13-6) with six goals and Shane Jaeger scored two.
Walkersville (16-2) went on another run with five consecutive goals midway through the first half and led 9-2 with 9:29 left in the second quarter. Goals by Centennial's Jaeger and Rusty Barnes cut the margin to five with 5:43 left. But the Lions scored three more and led 12-6 at the half.
Southern-AA 7, Eastern Tech 5 -- The Bulldogs (10-6) got two quick goals from junior midfielder Patrick Todaro to open the second half, allowing them to pull away from the visiting Mavericks (14-4) and advance to the state final.