Despite having its unbeaten run stopped with an overtime loss on Friday against Quince Orchard, the Churchill boys’ lacrosse team heads into the Maryland 4A/3A West playoffs with the top seed and home-field advantage through the region final.
The draw, released Monday, lays out the path for the Bulldogs (11-1) as they try for their second straight state tournament appearance. Region play begins Wednesday, and the tournament concludes with the state finals on May 21 and 22 at UMBC.
The Patriots are in familiar position, taking the top seed in a stacked region for the second time in three years. In 2011, they were upset in a region quarterfinal by Annapolis. The other two seasons since joining the region they were ousted by defending state champ South River.
The sixth-ranked Seahawks, who are seeking their third title in five years, went unbeaten in Anne Arundel County play behind All-Met Ben Chisolm but ended up as the No. 3 seed this time around thanks to private school losses to St. Mary’s Ryken and Boys’ Latin.
Glenelg carries a 57-game Howard County winning streak into the tournament and is likely to face only county foes through the region final. The Gladiators have appeared in the state tournament six straight seasons and finished last season with a loss in the state final to Hereford. Those teams could meet for the title again this year.
La Plata landed the top seed in the 3A/2A East District IV sectional, which includes only teams from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. The winner of that eight-team sectional will meet a team from the Eastern Shore for a spot in the state tournament.
On the girls’ side, unbeaten Sherwood (11-0) earned the Maryland 4A/3A West No. 1 seed. The Warriors have never won the region title, falling to Churchill in three straight finals. The Bulldogs were randomly selected into the No. 10 seed and will start at Kennedy on Wednesday.
Howard (4A/3A North) and Leonardtown (4A/3A East) also claimed top seeds at the state’s largest classification with No. 4 Marriotts Ridge (3A/2A South) and unbeaten Damascus (3A/2A West) down a level.
The Mustangs took their first loss of the season on Thursday against national No. 1 McDonogh. They would host rival Mount Hebron in the region final if the seeds hold in a rematch of a game that went into the fourth overtime before All-Met Zoe Stukenberg won it for Marriotts Ridge.
Damascus is still seeking its first state tournament appearance. The Hornets hosted traditional state power Century in the region final last spring only to fall, 20-5. The teams would meet in the same round again.
No. 10 Severna Park, which has won five 4A/3A titles in six years, was assigned the fifth seed in the Maryland 4A/3A East and could face No. 8 Broadneck in the region quarterfinals. No. 5 South River is unbeaten against local competition this season but ended up as the No. 2 seed and would visit Leonardtown for the region final.