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Previewing the girls state lacrosse finals

Girls state lacrosse championships

At Stevenson University

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Class 1A

Patterson Mill (11-5) vs. Boonsboro (12-4)

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: The state expansion from three to four lacrosse classifications this spring now guarantees at least one first-time champion. Patterson Mill made it to the final once before but Boonsboro had reached the state semifinals. If the Warriors take the title, they would become the first team from outside the Baltimore metro area to win a girls lacrosse championship. The Huskies rolled over McDonough, 17-4, in the state semifinal with Kaley Thompson scoring her 200th career goal. The Warriors are the first team from Washington County to reach the title game and they advanced with a 10-9 win over Loch Raven on Maggie Luzier’s third goal of the game.

Class 4A

No. 10 South River (17-2) vs. Dulaney (12-6)

When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Outlook: Only Mount Hebron and Loch Raven have been in the state tournament more often than Dulaney, which returned this spring for a 17th time and aims for a fourth state title. The Anne Arundel County champion Seahawks have also been among the best 4A teams, but they play in one of the toughest regions in the state and have advanced seven times. Both won state titles the last time they made it to the title game — Dulaney in 2016 and South River in 2010. Two years ago, Lions won their third title over Leonardtown which had beaten South River in the sectional final. Maggie Kelly and Casey O’Grady with more than 55 points each lead the Lions attack while Kathleen Sullivan and Kelsey Winters pace the Seahawks with more than 70 points each.

Class 2A

No. 4 Glenelg (16-2) vs. No. 12 Hereford (16-2)

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Glenelg won the past two Class 3A-2A state championships before the state expanded to four classifications this season. The Gladiators have won four titles while Hereford has won three, the last in 2003. Both teams feature balanced offenses with Anna Callahan, Georgia Esmond and Rachel Scheinberg leading the way for the Howard County champion Gladiators and Kylie Nause, Isabella Peterson and Libby May pacing the Baltimore County champion Bulls. Both have stingy defenses as well. Only one opponent scored in double figures against the Bulls and only four have against the Gladiators.

Class 3A

No. 14 Westminster (16-2) vs. Mount Hebron (13-5)

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When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Mount Hebron has won more girls lacrosse state championships than any other program, but the last of its 15 titles came in 2007. The Vikings have reached the semifinals only twice since then. Westminster has been to the title game four times without a win, most recently in 2012. In the semifinals, the Owls needed overtime to beat Bel Air, last year’s Class 4A-3A champion, 10-9, while the Vikings beat Huntingtown, 12-7. Anna Ruby and Madi Macera lead a balanced Westminster attack with four players contributing more than 50 points while Erin Demek and Ellie Miller lead the Vikings with 56 or more points each.

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