Doten’s two scores lead River Hill

Hawks win 3-1 in Class 2A boys; Pat­ter­son Mills cruises into Class 1A girls state fi­nal

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Tim Schwartz

River Hill coach Matt Sh­a­gogue en­tered Satur­day’s Class 2A state semi­fi­nal game against Fall­ston just hop­ing his eight se­niors got one more chance to take the field on the big­gest stage.

The group has been a steady force for the Hawks, guid­ing the pro­gram to the county cham­pi­onship this fall, but the hope all along was to get back to Loy­ola Mary­land to play for an­other state ti­tle.

Be­hind two goals from se­nior Evan Doten and an­other from se­nior Cory Northrup, No. 7 River Hill beat Fall­ston, 3-1, to ad­vance to the state cham­pi­onship game for the 11th time in 21 years and the first time since win­ning the 3A state ti­tle in 2014.

The Hawks will face East­ern Tech, 2-1 win­ners over Cen­tury in the other semi­fi­nal at River Hill, at Ri­d­ley Athletic Com­plex on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day or Satur­day for the cham­pi­onship, where they have won nine times in their 10 pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances.

“They’re se­niors. That’s what you hope,” Sh­a­gogue said. “You hope that the guys who have been in the pro­gram for four years and have worked so hard and quite hon­estly de­serve this op­por­tu­nity and this mo­ment that they get it, and they made the best of it. Re­ally, re­ally happy for them and happy that they get an op­por­tu­nity to play an­other game.”

On the other side, the Cougars fell in the semi­fi­nal round for the sev­enth time in 18 fi­nal-four ap­pear­ances a year after los­ing in the fi­nals for the 10th time. They will have to wait an­other year to try to win their first cham­pi­onship since 1992.

“We played well, we just didn’t put them in the net, that’s all,” Fall­ston coach Drew Bisker said. “They had three shots go in the goal. They’re a good team but I thought we played very well. We just didn’t take the shots we needed to take.”

NO. 2 SEV­ERNA PARK 2, BOWIE 0: Ryan Mul­doon scored in the 38th minute and Drew Belloff con­verted a penalty kick in the 58th minute, and the Fal­cons (18-0-1) posted their 11th shutout of the sea­son with a win over the Bull­dogs (15-4) in a Class 4A at Henry A. Wise, Jr.

Sev­erna Park will make its 22nd state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance and will play for their fourth state ti­tle, and first since 2013, against Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

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