The state boys lacrosse playoffs will get underway with sectional quarterfinal play Wednesday with several local teams looking to claim state championships in the newly-formatted four classifications.
The Class 4A boasts plenty of local firepower with Severna Park, winners of the past two 4A-3A titles, earning the top seed in the East region's Section I. The No. 10 Falcons (12-2) have won nine straight games, including Monday's 9-7 victory over Broadneck for the Anne Arundel County crown.
With the Bruins (10-5) earning the top seed in the East's Section II, there's a possibility the teams could once again play for the region crown.
Elsewhere in the loaded 4A, No. 12 Howard (13-1) is the North Section I top seed. Montgomery County's Churchill, a 7-6 loser to Severna Park in last year's championship game, will present another formidable challenge as the top seed in the West's Section I.
In Class 3A, No. 13 Westminster (13-1) is looking to build on last year's state semifinal appearance in a bid to bring home the program's second state title. The Owls opened the season with a loss against Mount Saint Joseph and rattled off 13 straight wins to once again dominate Carroll County.
Two other top public schools in the area will challenge for the 2A crown with No. 7 Hereford (13-2) and No. 11 Glenelg (13-1) in the mix. Both teams reached the Class 3A-2A semifinals last season.
After opening the season with losses to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference powers McDonogh and Boys' Latin, the Bulls won 13 straight and claimed the Baltimore County title with a win over Towson on Saturday. They are the top seed in the North's Section I.
Glenelg, the top seed in the South's Section I, won the Howard County regular-season crown, going undefeated in league play. The Gladiators claimed a 9-8 win over Howard, and their only setback came against Severna Park. Southern-AA, the Class 2A-1A state winners last season, is the third seed in the South's Section II.
Harford County's Patterson Mill is a strong contender for the Class 1A crown as the top seed in the East's Section I.
For the full brackets, go to the MPSSAA website.