State field hockey champions to be crowned at Washington College
After two weeks of breathtaking action, the state public high school field hockey tournament hits its crescendo Saturday with the state finals at Washington College. Seven area teams will try to bring back a state championship trophy.
No. 11 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel and third-ranked C. Milton Wright will play again for the Class 3A title in the opening match of Championship Saturday. Chesapeake (12-6 overall) will try to become the first program to win three straight 3A championships.
The Cougars handled No. 14 Westminster, 4-0. in the semifinal round at Broadneck Monday evening, while C. Milton Wright dominated Montgomery County’s Blake, 5-0. The Mustangs (15-1) from Harford County are seeking their first title since 2013.
Chesapeake defeated C. Milton Wright in last year’s championship match. In another title redux, No. 4 South River takes on 15th-ranked Dulaney for the 4A championship.
South River (15-2) is also in pursuit of a three-peat. The Anne Arundel County squad posted a 4-0 victory over Montgomery County’s Clarksburg in the semifinals at Paint Branch Monday. Dulaney (13-6) advanced with a 2-0 decisiion over Montgomery County’s Winston Churchill.
The Lions, who lost to South River, 2-1, in last year’s finale, seek their elusive first title in 15 trips to the state tournament. The Seahawks will try to win a four title in seven seasons and extend Anne Arundel County’s reign to eight straight seasons.
South Carroll looks to deny southern Maryland’s Patuxent in the 1A final. The upstart Cavaliers (10-8) are in the final round for the first time since 2002, after a 2-0 victory over Crisfield Wednesday at Broadneck. Rachel Linn and Abbey Behn each tallied in the second half.
Another Carroll County squad, Liberty, hopes to get back to elite status Saturday against Hereford in the final game of Championship Saturday. The No. 12 Lions ended seventh-ranked Glenelg’s reign with a 2-1 victory Wednesday at Paint Branch.
Heidi Ellis and Kayleigh Ward each tallied in the first half for Liberty (15-2), which won the 1A title in 2016. Tess Muneses scored in the second half for Glenelg, which ended Hereford’s reign in the final last year.
The 13th-ranked Bulls from Baltimore County are in position for a fourth 2A title in five seasons. Hereford (12-6) scored three second half goals to eliminate Kent Island in Wednesday’s other state semifinal. Anna Brandt scored the game-winner for the Parkton school.
STATE FIELD HOCKEY FINALS
at Washington College
CLASS 3A – C. Milton Wright vs. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 11 a.m.
CLASS 4A – Dulaney vs. South River, 1:30 p.m.
CLASS 1A – South Carroll vs. Patuxent, 4 p.m.
CLASS 2A – Hereford vs. Liberty, 6:30 p.m.