Not even a rainstorm could help Dulaney's girls lacrosse players break Severna Park's playoff hold over them.
No. 13 Dulaney has never beaten No. 4 Severna Park in girls lacrosse, and the Falcons' balanced offense dealt Dulaney another blow yesterday. The defending champion Falcons (14-1) took an early lead and never looked back en route to a rain-shortened 17-9 victory in a state Class 4A/3A semifinal game last night at Catonsville Community College.
The rain came late in the first half and fell hard throughout the second. Lightning forced officials to stop play with three minutes left. Everybody waited 25 minutes, but the game was called because of poor field conditions.
Since the game was more than 80 percent completed, it stood as an official game, said Sue Diffenderffer, rules interpreter for the girls state tournament.
The Class 2A/1A semifinal game between defending champ Loch Raven and Fallston, scheduled for 7 p.m., was postponed. It will be played this afternoon at 3 followed by the second Class 4A/3A semifinal between Perry Hall and Catonsville at 5. Mount Hebron and Southern-Anne Arundel will play the other Class 2A/1A semifinal at 7.
Third-seeded Severna Park had little trouble running up a 7-1 lead in the first 12 minutes. Six Falcons -- Nicki Cecere, Lizzy Warfield, Liz Wilson, Amy Carnaggio, Erin Wylde and Colleen Gately -- scored, as Dulaney's defense left players open all around the goal.
"We were dropping off our players," said Dulaney coach Mary Ann Sattler. "They were very intimidating. Dulaney has a long and painful history with Severna Park. Whatever sport, you just say the name and the kids get nervous."
Carnaggio led the Falcons with five goals and three assists, and Cecere added three goals and two assists. Wylde added three goals. Gately and Wilson added two each.