Breaking down the title games
Here is a capsule look at the boys high school lacrosse championship games today and tomorrow at UMBC Stadium:
What: No. 13 Winters Mill (18-0) vs. Parkside (17-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Outlook: The Falcons of Carroll County are having their best season in the program’s four-year history of varsity lacrosse, having won their league and Class 2A-1A West region crowns.Their defense has allowed five goals per game, anchored by Towson University-bound goalie Travis Love, Maryland-bound John Hopkins, Maryland-bound Mike Boyd, 6-4 senior Devin Spence and sophomore Kyle Fendlay. Offensively, Sean Smithson (43 goals, 43 assists), Sean Reitenbach (32, 10), Ben Love (43, 14) lead the Falcons’ attack, and top scorer Nick Leech (48, 40), Garrett Hill (34, 18) and Jake Stocksdale (18, 33) shore up the midfield. Although the Falcons boast wins over 3A-2A state finalist Glenelg, of Howard County, 3A-2A region finalist Urbana, of Frederick County and Old Mill, of Anne Arundel County, they face an experienced state title contender in the Rams, winners of 52 of their past 53 games after having been runners-up at 17-1 last season. The Rams earned their fifth straight trip to the final four and averaged 15.5 goals, heading into last weekend’s 7-5 semifinal win over Marriotts Ridge, of Howard County, a team Winters Mill blanked, 13-0, earlier this year. Against Marriotts Ridge, Zach Hill, Mike Raffetto and Gaven Cary scored twice each, and midfielder Kyle Gallagher had five assists. Veteran keeper Mike Chubb anchors the Rams’ defense.
What: No. 11 Fallston (18-1) vs. Glenelg (14-3)
When: Tomorrow, 4 p.m.
Outlook: Fallston’s Cougars, of Harford County, are in their first state final since winning the crown over South River in 2001. Glenelg’s Gladiators, of Howard County, are in their first title game since being runners-up to Pikesville in 2002, and are after their program’s first state title. The Cougars, winners of five of the past eight county titles, have an attack made up of sophomore Pat Mull (16 goals, 50 assists), junior Luke Raab (32, 16) and senior Chad Palmer (37, 10). The Cougars’ defense of Penn State-bound Dave New, McDaniel-bound Nelson Hannahs, John Lawhon and goalie Brad Motley has allowed less than five goals per game. Glenelg is paced by juniors Chris Gotschall (45, 29), Josh Braun (31, 8) and Tyler Burford (17, 15) on attack, and junior Ryan Dougherty (28, 9) and senior John Derwent (13, 13) at midfield. Junior Jon Selfridge has made 120 saves in the goal.
What: No. 10 Severna Park (17-1) vs. Wootton (18-0)
When: Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Outlook: Wootton became the first Montgomery County team to reach the public school state finals in that district’s 10-year history of playing the sport, doing so with a 9-7 semifinal win over the Dulaney Lions, of Baltimore County. The Lions had won five of the past eight state titles, with Severna Park having won the other three, including last year’s title-game victory over Dulaney. Tonight’s game is a rematch of last year’s semifinal, won by Severna Park, 13-7. Loyola College-bound Eric Lusby (63 goals, 28 assists), San Diego transfer Colby Rhodes (52, 29) and Randy Waugh (19, 6) lead the Falcons’ attack, as does North Carolina-bound Chris Hunt (23, 16), their midfield. The Falcons are looking to add to their titles won in 1999, 2004 and last year against Wootton, whose goalie, Steven Silverberg, made 15 saves as the Patriots overcame a third-quarter, three-goal lead against Dulaney. The Patriots’ explosive offense is led by attackman Sam Burns and midfielder Ben Engleman, who scored four goals each in a 15-8 victory over county rival Springbrook for their program’s second straight West region title. Wootton midfielder Ricky Hafer and faceoff specialist Patrick Bailey are also strong performers.