The Northern boys lacrosse team was able to use a hot start offensively to cruise to its fourth straight Class 3A South Region title with a 24-2 win over City College High School of Baltimore on Wednesday night at Northern.
“We got off to a good start on offense sharing the ball and getting our offense flowing,” Patriots head coach Joe Casalino said. The Patriots (17-1 overall) were ahead 18-1 at halftime and outscored City 6-1 in the third and fourth quarters to claim the title.
On Tuesday against Huntingtown in the 3A South Region Section II final, Northern was only able to score four goals, but exploded for six times that amount in the regional final.
“After only scoring four goals against Huntingtown it was good to get some offensive confidence back,” Casalino said.
Junior Matt Holland led the Patriots with five goals and two assists. J.P. Gross and Markie Nicholson each scored three goals, while senior Garrett Cullember added two goals and an assist.
“We really picked it up as an offense,” Holland said.
Northern will play Towson at 2 p.m.Saturday at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City in the Class 3A semifinals. Towson defeated C.M. Wright of Harford County 10-4 on Wednesday to clinch the 3A North Region title.
The Northern-Towson winner advances to play in the state final scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville against the winner of the other state semifinal that has Westminster of Carroll County taking on J.M. Bennett of Wicomico County.