Cassie Ballard scored the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime to lift Severna Park's No. 2 field hockey team over No. 1 Broadneck, 3-2, for the Class 4A East championship and a trip to the state final four, but goalie Ashley Dalisera made it all possible.
Just a week ago, the Bruins (15-2-1) had beaten the Falcons (17-1) in the Anne Arundel County championship, but yesterday, the Falcons' junior keeper made a highlight-reel save against fast-breaking Paige Duncan early in the seven-on-seven overtime session. She lunged for the ball, blocking it, but fell over and narrowly averted lying on it, which could have given the Bruins a penalty stroke.
The host Falcons, the defending state champions, then fought off a pair of Bruins penalty corners before heading downfield, where Lelan Bailey eventually made a quick pass to the top of the circle. Ballard fired the ball straight into the goal, seeming to take Broadneck goalie Maddie Koch by surprise.
"The goalie was pulled a little to the left and once I saw that, I knew I had to take a shot," Ballard said. "And Lelan did a perfect pass right to the top of the circle, which is where I was standing, so it was a quick little pass, a shot and it went in."
The Bruins led twice and appeared to go ahead again when Courtney Tomchik hit the cage with 13:34 to go, but the goal was disallowed as dangerously high.
The Falcons go after their 18th state title, beginning with Wednesday night's state semifinal against Springbrook at Arundel.
: NO. 3 FALLSTON 3, NO. 8 HEREFORD 1: : Rachel Cooke scored the game-winner with 12 minutes left to lift the host and defending state champion Cougars (17-1) over the Bulls (14-3) in the 3A North final. Lindsey Puckett got the assist. Fallston advances to Wednesday's state semifinals to face Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Broadneck.
NO. 6 WESTMINSTER 6, DULANEY 2: : Meghan Macera scored two goals and Melanie Solomon had three assists as the Owls (16-0) won the 4A North title and advanced to the state final four for the second straight year. The Lions (8-6) had upset No. 10 North Carroll in the regional semifinals. The Owls will play Quince Orchard on Wednesday night at Arundel.
NO. 9 GLENELG 1, POOLESVILLE 0:: Lauriann Parker scored the game-winner in the second half and Courtney Knill made seven saves as the Gladiators (13-2-1) took the 1A South title. Glenelg will meet Patterson Mill, a 7-7 first-year program that defeated Harford Tech, 3-1, for the North regional title, on Monday night at Broadneck.
: NO. 12 WINTERS MILL 1, CENTURY 0, SO:: Katie Jones, Taylor Vandegrift and Amalie Trentzsch scored for the Falcons (12-3) in the shootout to win the 2A West title. Jill Remenapp scored for the Knights. The Falcons, who won the shootout, 3-1, will face Loch Raven on Monday night at Arundel.
LOCH RAVEN 2, RISING SUN 1: : Alexa Demski scored her second goal and the game-winner with 50 seconds left to lift the visiting Raiders (12-3) over the defending state champion Tigers (9-3) in 2A North. Rising Sun took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game before Demski scored her first goal 13 minutes later.
ATHOLTON 1, CENTENNIAL 0: : Sarah DeLuca scored less than six minutes into the 3A East final, and the Raiders won their first regional title since 1980. Centennial goalie Liz Snyder kept it close for the Eagles (9-5) with 13 saves. The host Raiders (13-3) advance to meet Great Mills on Wednesday night at Broadneck. :
NO. 4 GARRISON FOREST 2, NO. 13 ST. MARY'S 1: : The defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion came from behind on goals from Martha Plack and Catie Merrick in the second half to clinch a returning berth to the title game. Lyndsey Munoz had 13 saves for the Saints (16-7). The Grizzlies (17-1-1) will meet No. 11 Archbishop Spalding in a rematch of last year's title game at noon Sunday at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
NO. 11 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 2, NOTRE DAME PREP 1, SO: : Stephanie Paskal scored on the final penalty stroke to give the Cavaliers (14-6-1) a berth in Sunday's title game. Spalding's Kat Gartner and Kaitlyn May also scored in the shootout - which Spalding won, 3-2 - as did NDP's Sydney Peterson and Kelsey Gahan.