Early run helps Lions top Towson

April 29, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun

Dulaney center Aimee Vaughan said that she and her teammates were somewhat nervous going into their game yesterday against Towson in The Sun Lacrosse Classic at Towson State's Minnegan Stadium.

Once play began, however, it didn't take long for the Lions to unnerve the Generals.

Tied at 2-2 early in the game, Dulaney scored seven of the next eight goals to pull away en route to a 17-11 victory in the teams' first meeting since 1991.

"We came out a little intimidated, but we just tried to get our heads into it and focus on the game," said Vaughan, who did her part by scoring a season-high eight goals.

"I was just really into it. The stadium and the fans really helped a lot, and playing on grass [a luxury not afforded on the dirt-laden Dulaney field] was a nice change also."

The senior scored five of her goals in helping the Lions (10-1) build a 12-6 halftime lead in the wide-open game.

But that's when Towson (7-2) made its move.

On two goals by attacker Kelly Thompson and another by midfielder Jen Harris, the Generals cut the lead to 12-9 nearly seven minutes into the half and seemed poised for a run at the lead.

Vaughan and the Lions, however, had other ideas.

The center won back-to-back draws that led to two Dulaney goals within a 14-second span, extending the Lions' lead to 14-9 and shifting the momentum right back their way.

"That was the key to the game right there," said Towson coach Sue Beeler. "If you only climb halfway up the mountain, you'll have a tendency to fall back down."

After being outshot, 13-5, to start the game, the Generals held a 22-15 advantage in shots the rest of the way, yet never got closer than three in the second half.

After pulling to within 12-9, Towson was outscored, 5-2, the rest of the way.

"We called a timeout at 12-9 and just told them to regain their composure and focus on throwing and catching," said Dulaney coach Anita Noel.

The Lions' second-year coach pointed to the play of sophomore goalie Jen Maser, as well as Vaughan, as a key to the win.

Maser, a field player on the JV last season, had 12 saves, helping to keep the Lions in control.

As for Vaughan, Noel says that nothing she does surprises her.

"She's amazing," said Noel. "She's just good all the time. Her presence on the field alone is a boost to the rest of the team."

The game marked the first time that girls teams were afforded the chance to play before the boys at Minnegan Stadium.

For the Lions, that made winning even sweeter than usual.

"The girls were just really excited to get a chance," said Noel. "When I heard about [the boys' series] last year, I thought, 'The boys play, the alumni play, but the girls don't?' It's about time."

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