Dulaney tops Loch Raven for Baltimore County title

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

It was about a year ago, in the midst of a dream season in which both Loch Raven and Dulaney waltzed to state titles, that Lions coach Kathy Schmidt began to feel the frustration.

"We both won state titles," said Schmidt, "but because we lost to Loch Raven in the county championship game, they began getting a lot more attention than us."

Last night in the Baltimore County championship game at Hereford, Schmidt and the Lions proved themselves worthy of extra attention.

Paige Young and Kristen McLewee scored goals -- the latter coming on a penalty kick with 11:08 left to break a tie -- helping third-ranked Dulaney to a 2-1 victory over co-No 1 Loch Raven for its eighth title in 10 years.

The win extended Dulaney's winning streak to 16 games, while ending Loch Raven's at 20.

With the state playoffs beginning tomorrow, both are again expected to contend for state titles.

For Schmidt, nothing -- not even the fact that her Lions were outshot, 23-8 -- could put a damper on the victory.

"Maybe revenge is too strong a word, but winning this one sure feels good," said Schmidt, who added that the graduation of last year's leading scorer probably prompted many to write off Dulaney this season.

"I think a lot of people said, 'Aimee Vaughan graduated so they don't have anything.' Tonight, we proved we still have a lot."

The Lions (12-0) also proved they still have plenty of defense.

While freshman Tricia Dabrowski helped shut down Raiders leading scorer Robyn Harry, fullback Nikki Smith's speed thwarted numerous Loch Raven drives up the middle.

"Nikki Smith just completely shut us down in the middle," said Loch Raven coach Lou Menegatti, whose team -- which had outscored opponents, 84-2, this season -- was denied its third county title in four years.

"We thought if we could get a lot of shots that maybe one or two would get bobbled, but it never happened."

Dulaney scored with 18:03 left in the first half when Amy Jakobe got the ball in the corner, dribbled to ward the middle and passed in front to Young, whose shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced in to make it 1-0.

The goal seemed to wake up Loch Raven (12-1), which had played sluggishly through the early going.

Midway through the second half, the Raiders tied the game at 1 when Nicole Froman popped a pass over a defender to Kim Allen, who scored from in front of the goal with 23:12 to play.

The teams traded shots until Dulaney took the lead for good with 11:08 left.

After Ali Schuch got tripped in the goalie's box, McLewee beat goalie Terri Hendricks to her right on the penalty kick to make it 2-1.

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