Towson High used its superior speed, depth and firepower to defeat Dulaney, 11-8, last night before 3,629 at Towson State University's Minnegan Stadium. The victory also ended Dulaney's 45-game winning streak in regular-season competition.
Dulaney (6-1), ranked No. 8, grabbed an early 1-0 lead on Greg Ponzole's goal on an assist from Brad Berzins. Towson (9-0), ranked 10th, got its offense into gear after that and led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter and 7-4 at halftime. The Generals kept up their domination until the final minutes of the second half.
Bill McLean and Mike Ford scored three goals each for the Generals, who outshot Dulaney, 40-23. Berzins scored four goals for the Lions, who scored their final three goals after Towson had built an 11-5 lead.
"This is like playing St. Paul's," said Ford, a transfer from Boys' Latin. "I was off in the first half, but in the second half I was on, and nobody could stop me. Our defense was excellent."
Scott Gobell made eight saves in the Lions goal, but he made only one in the second half.
"They definitely outplayed us," said Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber. "I was concerned because we have so many young players. Towson pressured us in every way, and our underclassmen couldn't handle the pressure."
This was the first meeting between the two schools in lacrosse since 1988, because Dulaney is a Class 4A school and Towson is 2A. Towson also won that game.
"The key to the game was our dominating between the restraining lines," said Towson coach Randy Dase. "We knew we had speed to our advantage."