CATONSVILLE -- For the first time in four championship games, Dulaney boys lacrosse coach Gary Schreiber gave the explanation of a losing coach.
Some of his players sat around him, others on the bench behind him. All wore disappointed expressions after losing yesterday's Class 4A/3A state championship game, 10-7, to Broadneck.
"It was bound to happen sooner or later," said Schreiber, whose Lions (12-2) were seeking their fourth straight title -- their seventh overall. "We didn't have the overall depth of our past teams, and in the end, Broadneck's depth took over."
Broadneck (16-2) broke open a game that was tied four times -- including 5-5 to start the final period -- by outscoring Dulaney, 4-0, for a 9-5 lead with 5:16 left in the game.
The Bruins, whose only other lead was 1-0 14 minutes into the game, were led by John Hanna (four goals, one assist), Neil Jackson (three goals), Greg Jackson (one goal, three assists) and Steve Bruso (four assists).
Defensively, Alex Irmler, Thad Holsberg and Dave Britton stymied Dulaney's high-powered offense of Brad Berzins (42 goals, 36 assists), Greg Ponzoli (29, 37), Mason Ray (32, 29) and Matt Steil (28, 22).
Berzins, who had four goals and four assists in the 12-7 semifinal victory over Centennial, had two goals and an assist.
"There were teams who did a lot of talking in the papers this year, while we did our talking on the field," said Broadneck coach Clay White,whose Bruins won the Class A title in 1987.
"We thought we could beat Dulaney, but we just quietly proved ourselves all year long."
Greg Jackson put the Bruins up, 6-5, then assisted Jason Hull for a two-goal lead. Hanna scooped a loose ball, raced across midfield and found Neil Jackson to make it 8-5 before scoring his fourth goal of the game on a relay from Greg Jackson.
Ponzoli's two goals cut it to 9-7 with 3:41 left, before Bruso assisted Mike Strohman for the game's final goal at 2:30.
The Bruins signaled their intentions early, with Bruso's assist of Neil Jackson for a 1-0 lead. Dulaney struck swiftly, as Tim Speno and Mason Ray put the Lions ahead, 2-1.
At 8:14 of the second period, Greg Jackson relayed to Hanna, who skipped his shot past goalie Scott Gobell.
But after the Bruins didn't capitalize on a 30-second extra-man opportunity, Berzins tallied with 3:17 left, after a one-minute slashing penalty against the Bruins. He then got a pass from Ray and the Lions led, 4-2, 1:05 before halftime.
"We figured we were still in the game at that point," said White. "We felt we had more depth, and if we kept it close, that and the transition would keep working for us."
Broadneck cut it to 4-3 12 seconds into the third period.
"We figured we could hold them to below six goals," said Broadneck goalie Brian Peterson (10 saves). "Then our offense kicked in, and our defense stopped theirs."