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Girls lacrosse state championship capsules

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Class 3A-2A


No. 3 Glenelg (16-3)

vs. Oakdale (17-2)


When: Today, 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Gladiators are on one of the hottest playoff runs in recent history, especially for an underdog. After upsetting the presumptive favorite, then-No. 2 Marriotts Ridge, in the sectional playoffs, they overwhelmed C. Milton Wright, 15-3, in the state semifinal. This is Glenelg's first trip to the state final since 2008, when it won the second of its two titles.

The Gladiators have won their five playoff games by an average of 10.6 goals, led by junior Courtney Renehan (27 goals, eight assists) and sophomore Georgia Esmond (48, 22). The defense, backed by sophomore goalie Maddie McSally, has allowed 19 goals in the playoffs. Oakdale also comes into the state final on a roll, having won 14 straight games, including an 11-10 victory over Stephen Decatur in the semifinal. This is the Bears' second trip to the final — they lost in the 2014 title game to Marriotts Ridge. Senior Sara Parnes leads the Bears with 61 goals.

Class 4A-3A

No. 9 Dulaney (16-3)

vs. Leonardtown (19-0)

When: Tonight, 8

Outlook: Aiming for its first state title in 10 years, Dulaney faces the only undefeated team in the girls state finals. Leonardtown is the first team from Southern Maryland to reach the title game and aims to be the first girls team from outside the Baltimore suburbs to win a championship. The Lions have been to the final four 14 times, but not since 2009. They were the last team from outside Anne Arundel County to win a 4A-3A title. The winner of the East region — Severna Park, South River or Broadneck — won the past nine state titles and Leonardtown finally emerged from that region, defeating Broadneck in the regional final.


In the playoffs, the Lions defeated last year's finalist, Bel Air, and then won the state semifinal, 12-10, over then-No. 10 Howard. Dulaney, which has speed all over the field, uses a balanced attack led by senior Annie Sachs (46 goals, 17 assists), who had four goals in the win over Howard, and junior Kaitlyn Dabkowski (27, 35). For the Raiders, Chelsea Kibler and Carly Bowes scored three goals each in the 11-6 semifinal win over Churchill.

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Class 2A-1A

No. 2 Manchester Valley (18-1)

vs. Fallston (12-6)

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Two-time defending champion Manchester Valley won its first state title over the Cougars, 13-10, in 2014. The Mavericks have won 15 straight since their only loss, 7-6, to Mount Hebron. The Cougars rebounded from a late-season four-game losing streak by reaching the title game for the fourth time.


Still, the Mavericks likely will be difficult for the Cougars to handle, with a potent attack led by one of the area's top midfielders, Maryland-bound senior Lizzie Colson (99 goals, 35 assists) and a stingy defense led by Towson-bound Sami Chenoweth. Junior goalie Kate Brewster has a .482 save percentage and allows 6.1 goals per game. Fallston, which won state titles in 2009 and 2012, has a balanced offense led by junior attacker Anna Dennison (34, 25), and the Cougars don't give up many goals either. Senior goalie Erika Wright anchors a defense allowing 6.2 goals per game.

—Katherine Dunn