The Southern girls' lacrosse team's postseason run came to a halt yesterday in the Maryland 2A/1A final at UMBC, as Century of Carroll County defeated the Bulldogs, 15-7, to win a state championship in just its second year with a varsity program.
University of Maryland-bound Kelly Kasper led the Knights with five goals and three assists, and Johns Hopkins-bound Lauren Schwarzmann added four goals and two assists. Southern senior goalie Amanda Church faced 40 shots and made a state championship-record 18 saves.
"Church kept it closer than it was," Southern Coach Linda Kilpatrick said.
The game brought to a close not only the Bulldogs' four-game run through the playoffs, but also the careers of 10 Southern seniors -- including eight starters -- and their coach, who will step down after 18 years, 163 victories and three state titles. Southern was 6-6 before the playoffs began and finished 10-7.
"We had a good ride," Kilpatrick said. "Just not quite enough left for today."
Kilpatrick said she felt a special attachment to this team because her daughter, Christie, was one of the players.
"It's not only 10 seniors I've had for four years, it's 10 seniors that I've watched grow up since they were six years old," she said.
Century (18-2) went up 6-1 midway through the first half and extended its lead to 12-3 midway through the second. The Bulldogs scored three consecutive goals to cut the Knights' lead to six, but got no closer.
Seniors Abbey Smith and Kelly Christian had two goals apiece for the Bulldogs, while senior Melissa Line added two assists.
Glenelg Falls to Pikesville
The fifth-ranked Glenelg boys' lacrosse team failed in its attempt to win its first state title, losing 11-6 to Pikesville in the Maryland 2A/1A championship game at UMBC.
The game took nearly four hours to complete because of a two-hour, four-minute rain delay.
Glenelg, which entered the game on a school-record 15-game winning streak, fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter and never recovered against the Panthers, who won their second state title in the past four seasons.
Glenelg, playing in its first state final since 2000, trailed 6-1 at halftime after Pikesville's Steven Plimack scored with six seconds remaining in the second quarter.
After Plimack scored the second of his three goals fewer than two minutes into the third quarter, lightning flashed and officials ordered the teams into their locker rooms. The weather included several temporary power outages.
Glenelg (15-2) pulled to 8-5 on goals by senior Mike Adams, sophomore Ben Colbeigh, and junior Shea Conway (team-high three goals) with 7:38 remaining in the game, but Pikesville responded by scoring the next three goals to put the game away.
3A/2A Game Postponed
Last night's 3A/2A girls' championship game between No. 1 Mount Hebron and Catonsville was postponed to Thursday because of the thunderstorms that moved through early last evening. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at UMBC.