Top-seeded Dulaney picked up steam in the second half and rolled past C. Milton Wright, 14-6, in a state Class 3A-4A semifinal at Catonsville Community College last night.
Senior Amy Vaughan led the Lions with four goals and an assist, but more importantly, played well without the ball and drew plenty of attention from the Wright defenders.
Vaughan has a metro-leading 97 goals and 24 assists for the season.
Second-seeded C. Milton Wright (11-4) stayed with Dulaney for the first 16 minutes. Although they never held the lead, the Mustangs gained ties at 1-1 and 3-3, the latter on a goal by Becky Gerhart.
From there, three players scored for the Lions, who went on to lead 8-4 at the half. Wright would get no closer.
Sophomore Miranda James, a first-year player, led C. Milton Wright with four goals and an assist.
"Our biggest concern was convincing the players that even though we had beaten them before [13-8 in the season-opener for both teams], they would have to play their best this time," said Dulaney coach Anita Noel.
"That sort of thing is hard to instill. The first half, we came out jittery, our passing was off, and we were not on, but the second half was definitely our half."
Of Vaughan, who is headed to James Madison, Noel said, "She is a smart player. When she gets double-teamed, she'll back off and try not to force it. She tried a couple of times, but when it didn't work, she adjusted."
Dulaney (15-1) also got fine play from senior Jen Bacon, who had been injured, but came on to get three second-half goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Maser thwarted several good Wright scoring chances and finished with eight saves.
Kim Kalista, Wright's junior goalkeeper, had 12 saves, including a couple of one-on-one situations.
"We need to work on our offense, our passing just wasn't clicking," said Wright coach Kathy Breymaier, who started six sophomores. "We have a lot of learning players, and we need more practice on our stickwork.
"At one point we dropped a player back to try to help on Vaughan, but we couldn't stay with her, and went back to our regular game."
To which Noel said, "When they dropped back an extra defender, we had an extra player to pop up on offense, and that helped."
Willow Waldrop, one of four Wright senior starters, said the team did not play the way it is capable, but Dulaney had something to do with that. The Mustangs missed several good scoring chances, especially in the first half.