All games at Stevenson University
Patterson Mill (13-6) vs. Smithsburg (14-2)
When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Outlook: The Huskies are making their third state title game appearance and first since 2013 in a bid to bring home the program’s first crown. They rolled to the title game with a 17-4 win over McDonough, getting three goals each from Chance Urban and Nick Repke. In all, 11 Huskies scored in the win. Connor Madsen and Kevin Dyke provide solid two-way play at midfield and goalie Justin Strawderman anchors the defense. Smithsburg, from Washington County, makes its first title game, coming in with a 10-game win streak. The Leopards advanced with a 13-8 win over Sparrows Point in the semifinals. They feature a dangerous attack led by Zach Healy and Austin Linn, and longstick midfielder Sam Ewing is a force in the middle of the field.
No. 12 Marriotts Ridge (16-2) vs. No. 7 Hereford (17-2)
When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Outlook: Hereford looks to add to its state-best nine titles as it makes its first title game since 2014, while Marriotts Ridge makes its first title game appearance. The Bulls have won 16 straight after early season losses to area private school powers Boys’ Latin and McDonogh. They have steamrolled the competition in the postseason, outscoring four opponents by a 84-5 margin. JD Nozemack leads the team’s attack, while Scott Middleton is one of the area’s top longstick midfielders. The Mustangs go into play much more battle-tested with two one-goal wins in the region playoffs followed by an 11-5 win over Kent Island in the state semifinals. They have an experienced and balanced attack to go with standouts in midfielder Troy Hettinger and goalie Colin Kelley. Just how far have the Mustangs come this season? Their playoff highlight to date is a 7-6 double overtime win against Howard County rival Glenelg, which avenged a 13-6 loss on April 13.
Winston Churchill (16-0) vs. No. 8 Severna Park (16-2)
When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Outlook: The Falcons won their second-straight Class 4A-3A state title in 2017 with a 7-6 win over Churchill to complete a perfect 20-0 season. It also was the second-straight year the Falcons ended Churchill’s season as they beat the Montgomery County school in the semifinals in 2016. With the state expanded to four classifications, the teams will go at it again, the Falcons looking to add to the program’s seven crowns, while Churchill – making its third title game in four years – seeks its first along with a perfect season. Severna Park had an easy time in Friday’s 17-1 semifinal win over Eleanor Roosevelt – getting goals from 13 players. Josh Coffman, Chase Cope and Jack Thomas – who had the winning goal in the closing seconds against Churchill in last year’s final – are the catalysts. The Bulldogs were equally impressive with a 14-4 win over Howard. They got three goals from three different players with goalie Andrew Robinson making 11 saves.
No. 11 Westminster (17-1) vs. Northern-Calvert (18-1)
When: Thursday, 8 p.m.
Outlook: The Owls, who return to the title game for the first time since winning their only crown in 2013, have won 17 straight after a season-opening loss to Mount Saint Joseph. The Carroll County champions claimed an 11-8 semifinal win over Towson with midfielder Conner Covey scoring four times. Bubba Love and Alex Kozlowski are the standouts in the team’s attack. Sophomore goalie Logan Covey, Conner’s twin, has played well in his first season starting and his attention will be geared toward stopping Patriots’ standout Abe Hubbard. In holding off Centennial, 12-11, in the semifinals, Hubbard led the way with six goals. Last season, Northern-Calvert became the first team from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference to win a state title when it captured the Class 3A-2A crown over Glenelg.