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Public state champions: Manchester Valley girls, South River, Fallston boys

Wednesday, 21st May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High school  

By Tom Peace, Posted 5/21/14

Lizzie Colson scored four goals as Manchester Valley won its first Maryland 2A-1A State championship Tuesday with a 13-10 victory over Fallston in front of a boisterous crowd at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The title capped a near-perfect and emotional season for the Mavericks (18-1), who went undefeated in public games and won a Carroll County championship. Their only loss came against IAAM powerhouse, Roland Park Country.

Manchester Valley - 2014 Maryland 2A/1A state champions

Manchester Valley – 2014 Maryland 2A/1A state champions

Manchester Valley also had a mission: to win it all for Devin Spence and Gene Kirchner. Spence was an assistant coach who died from an automobile accident in 2013 and Kirchner, who was head coach Shelly Brezicki’s brother, died from injuries in the line of duty as a firefighter.

“We all wanted to come out and do our best, do it for Spence and Gene, and that’s what we did,” said senior midfielder Haile Houck. “This year we believed big for them. We kept our motto all game. And we’re here, and we did it.”

After being down 10-5 at the half, Fallston (14-4) pulled within three goals with help from Logan Gasior, Issabelle Dallam, and Caroline English. But with: 57 left Taylor Carhart made it 13-9.

Gasior had three goals and an assist.

“The kids came in here March 1 and said, ‘We’re going to do this,’” Brezicki said. “We had a heck of a lot of players who were dedicated, lots of coaches and supporters, and definitely two angels watching over us.”

MV: Lizzie Colson 4/0, Allie Little 3/2, Rayna Deltuva 3/1, Katie Walter 1/0, Stephanie Colson 1/0, Taylor Carhart 1/0
F- Logan Gasior 3/1, Issabelle Dallam 2/0, Caroline English 2/2, Kayla Reilly 2/1, Maddie Hurlburt 1/1

South River – 2014 4A/3A state champions

Saves: MV-5 (Lydia Eichhorst 3, Kate Brewster 2); F Erika Wright 5

South River wins third state title

South River used balanced scoring and rode a strong fourth period to a 9-6 victory over Howard to claim the Maryland 4A-3A state championship at UMBC.

The Seahawks (17-2) won their third state championship.

Howard, which won its first Howard County title in 23 years, finishes 18-1.

The third period was scoreless and South River came out strong in the fourth after getting an extra-man situation. Gunnar Shmolar found Cole Fanzo for the goal to make it 6-3 and Dylan Mansur and Matt Egley added goals to make it 8-3 and that was the boost South River needed.

The Seahawks defense was relentless and made big checks and caused key turnovers during the contest. Craig Chick, Riley Ford, Michael Ward Billy O’Hara, and Charles Palandati were terrific on the defensive end.

“It’s chemistry,” Chick said of the key to the Seahawks’ defense. “We play hard, fast, and physical because we know if we get beat or miss a check, we have people to have our backs.”

Howard faceoff specialist John Travisano (Notre Dame), who had a goal, was dominant from the faceoff X going 15-of-17.

“They were just checking everybody all the time. They’re fast, they’re athletic, and they took advantage of that athleticism today,” Howard Coach Jimmy Creighton said.

South River: Dylan Mansur 2/1, Andrew Thomas 1/1, Brandon Senft 1/0, Matt Egley 1/0, Cole Fanzo 1/0, Grant Maloof 1/0, Nathan Chisolm 1/0, Michael Ward 1/0

Howard: Scott Bruner 2/0, Cody Ford 2/0, Leo Sementilli 1/1, John Travisano 1/0

Fallston – Maryland 2A/1A state champions

Fallston Boys Win Third Straight 2A-1A Title

Wesley Rumple and Dylan Wolf led the way for Fallston, combining for seven goals, as the Cougars defeat North Carroll 17-7 to win their third consecutive Maryland 2A-1A State title.

Fallston had nine different players on scoring stat line. Brenden Nolan and Garret Krug had two goals apiece for the Cougars.
Luke Gonzalez had a hat trick and Devin Hyatt had two goals for the Panthers.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys, I think there were a lot of skeptics at the beginning of the season that didn’t think we would evolve like the team we have had in the past couple years,” said Fallston head coach Matt Parks.

“It took us to about mid-April –early May to get it together, we had some bumps in the road, but the way we played today, it was the best game of the season, so we definitely saved the best for last.”

NC-Luke Gonzalez 3g, Devin Hyatt 2g, Noah Kline 1g, Kyle Fiedler 1g;
F-Wesley Rumple 4g, Dylan Wolf 3g, Steven Ernst 2g, Brenden Nolan 2g, Garrett Krug 2g, Andy Stump 1g, Ben Claffee 1g, Ryan Buckler 1g, Nick Esser 1g.
Assists: NC-Fiedler 2, Aaron Heinle; F-Rumple 3, Justin Williams 3, Nolan, Wolf, Esser.
Saves: NC-20 (Alex Bredenburg); F-7 (Liam Wilcox).

North Carroll 1 2 1 3 — 7
Fallston 4 4 5 4 — 17

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