Maryland lacrosse: South River boys, girls grab top tournament seeds
By Eric Detweiler,
South River, which had its boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams finish unbeaten in Anne Arundel County regular season play this spring, will host Tuesday’s District V title games against the Howard County champions. The fourth-ranked girls’ team leads off against No. 3 Marriotts Ridge at 5 p.m before the eighth-ranked boys match up with No. 10 Glenelg.
It won’t be the last doubleheader for Seahawks fans to enjoy this season. While no school has won both a boys’ and girls’ state lacrosse title in the same season since Glenelg did it in 2008, both South River squads could host up to three more tournament games after earning top seeds in their respective Maryland 4A/3A East region draws, released Monday. Region play begins Wednesday, and the tournament culminates with the state finals on May 22 and 23 at UMBC.
The Churchill boys (West) also earned a No. 1 seed at the state’s largest classification. The Bulldogs will try to end Wootton’s streak of six consecutive region titles. The Patriots, who beat Churchill 10-9 in overtime on April 25, claimed the fifth seed in the region. Elsewhere in the draw, Linganore, which became the first Frederick County boys’ team to win a title last year, will try for a repeat as the No. 2 seed in the North region.
On the girls’ side, Quince Orchard (North) and Sherwood (West) secured top seeds. The Cougars and Warriors are both seeking their first state tournament appearance. Those teams will meet Tuesday in Sandy Spring for a final tune-up before tournament play begins.
Defending champ Severna Park ended up as the No. 5 seed in the East region after a late two-game county losing streak. The seventh-ranked Falcons, who have won four of the past five state titles and 10 total, did not earn a bye and hosts Old Mill on Wednesday.
The Glenelg boys won their third title in five years last spring, beating Patterson Mill for the 2A/1A crown. The Gladiators (13-1) are back at the 3A/2A level this time around and even as the top seed in the East region, they will face a tough road to another title. If the team can get to the state tournament for the sixth straight year, it might take wins against Kent Island (which beat them on April 7) and four-time defending champ Hereford to repeat as champion.
Marriotts Ridge and Damascus captured No. 1 seeds in the girls’ 3A/2A draw. The Mustangs (14-0) won the Howard County title outright for the first time this spring after earning their first state title last year. The Hornets, who edged out Carroll County power Century for a top seed after completing an unbeaten regular season at 10-0, have never won a region title.