For the second year in a row, Baltimore County crowned co-champions in field hockey, as Dulaney tied No. 9 Loch Raven, 0-0 in double overtime in the title game.
Yesterday's game at Dulaney marked their third meeting of the season. Two weeks ago, they tied, 1-1, and Loch Raven won the first game, 4-2.
Players from both teams, however, said they would have preferred to play a tiebreaker yesterday.
"We'd rather have a stroke-off because we're pretty good at them, and we've been practicing," said Loch Raven forward Lauren Volk.
Dulaney's Natalie Thingelstad, a second-team All-Metro pick last fall, echoed Volk's thoughts.
"We've been practicing strokes and we have a lot of confidence in our goalie," she said. "A tie is pretty good. I mean, it's better than a loss, but it would be great to go to strokes."
But they had to settle for a tie after two 10-minute periods of sudden-death overtime with seven players on a side.
Dulaney (7-2-3) had the upper hand in the first overtime.
The Lions threatened right away and Thingelstad nearly ended the game when she cranked up and shot just inside the circle. The ball just missed the cage and carried wide.
Thingelstad took two more shots and Karen Crowley another, but none got to the cage. Loch Raven keeper Cho Toung preserved the tie with a nice save against Thingelstad's second shot.
In the second overtime, with six different field players on each team, the Raiders (10-0-2) had a couple of chances on passes from Liz Wah to Jen Reed in the circle. But Reed couldn't reach the first pass and the ball hit her foot on the second.
Dulaney had one last chance to score in the final minute, but Toung (four saves) upset that one, too. Catherine Zamarin crossed the ball to Beth Baker for a shot, but Toung stopped it.
Back in the second half of regulation, both teams showed plenty of offense, too.
Loch Raven had seven penalty corners and six shots in the half. Dulaney had four of each.
The Lions came close on a penalty corner midway through the half. On the corner hit, Jennifer Bacon went to Dawn Lindner, who pushed it to Thingelstad for the shot. The ball rolled between Toung's feet, but she managed to kick it away.
Volk led the Raiders on several breaks in the half, and she had several good shots on corners.
Dulaney coach Melba Williams said her team has come a long way since that 4-2 loss to Loch Raven.
"I told them before the game, that to win the [Class 3A/4A] division was cake and anything above that is icing in a rebuilding year," she said.