Loch Raven routs Catonsville, 22-2

April 27, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn is the first to admit that this year's team is less talented than her Class 1A-2A state finalists of a year ago.

But the third-ranked Raiders showed Galinn and the previously unbeaten Catonsville that they have plenty of talent.

Visiting Loch Raven used crisp passing and aggressive defense to outshoot the Comets, 32-11, en route to a 22-2 win in a Baltimore County 1A-2A League game.

The win improved the Raiders' record to 8-0, including 6-0 in the league, and they've now outscored their opponents, 157-15.

What's more, it's been a complete team effort.

After losing five starters to graduation, including 1992 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year Michele DeJuliis, Galinn's squad has discovered that teamwork can more than make up for lost talent.

"Last year it was a lot of one-on-one efforts," said Galinn. "This year we're not necessarily more talented, but we play more as a team.

"This team is much more cohesive, and as a coach I'll take that over talent [alone] any day."

That's not to say, however, that the Raiders are without talent.

After a close game early, with the teams tied at 2-2 after nearly 10 minutes, Loch Raven scored 20 unanswered goals.

Gia Trionfo first gave the Raiders the lead, scoring her second goal of the game 11:07 into the half. Allison Jones then helped break the game open with four straight goals within a four-minute span to give her team a 7-2 lead.

After starting fast, Catonsville (5-1, 5-1) soon tired -- largely as a result of Loch Raven's tenacious double-teams on defense and its 15-6 advantage on draws.

"The first 10 minutes it was a good game, but then they just wore us out," said Catonsville coach Debbie Clem. "Their entire offense plays defense, and they have a double-team wherever you go.

"They are the most skilled team in either division [of the county], and I think they have a good chance of making it back to the state finals."

Key contributors for the Raiders were Mary Edwards (three goals, five assists), Lauren Volk and Jones (four goals each), and Robyn Harry, Misty Doonis and Trionfo (two goals each).

Loch Raven still hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than four goals in a game. But some players said that yesterday's game provided them with their toughest challenge of the season, despite the lopsided result.

Said Jones: "This was probably our first game that had a real challenge to it.

". . . once we get psyched and get going, it's phenomenal."

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