Catonsville stuns Loch Raven, 11-10 Comets end Raiders' 34-game winning streak

April 12, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

It had not happened in nine years and Catonsville had never done it -- until last night.

The Comets stunned No. 6 Loch Raven, 11-10 in overtime, to become only the fifth Baltimore County team to beat the Raiders in the 23-year history of their program. The win also snapped a 34-game Loch Raven winning streak.

"Nothing compares to this," said Meghann Mohler, who led the Comets with five goals. "We read the article in Baltimore magazine when they did a special on lacrosse and it said everybody's looking to beat Loch Raven but that's the same as Halley's Comet coming around. Well, we were Halley's Comet."

The host Comets (3-3 overall, 2-1 league) had a distinct advantage in experience over a Raiders team that is younger than it has been in at least a decade. Still, they felt a bit lucky to emerge from a sloppy second half with a 9-9 tie. Outshot 35-29 in regulation, the Comets outshot the Raiders 3-2 in the six minutes overtime.

Eden Rellihan, playing with a pulled quadriceps muscle and torn cartilage in her knee, had a goal and an assist in overtime. She left the game hurting in the first half and her dad urged her not to return because it's a long season.

"Not if we lose today," she told him.

Usually a midfielder, Rellihan played most of the game down low, but she found the speed to blitz past the Raiders' defense and score the game-winner off the draw about two minutes into overtime.

Earlier, Rellihan found Mohler open in the middle to take a 10-9 lead on the first shot in overtime. Courtney Martinez then tied it for Loch Raven (2-1, 1-1).

To open the second half, the Raiders took an 8-6 lead on Laura Palazzi's free-position goal, but Mohler sparked a Comets rally. She scored two goals, tying it with a spin move on a pass from Rellihan with 7: 08 left. Just 31 seconds later, Mohler fed Jen Ice to put the Comets up, 9-8.

Loch Raven tied it with 3: 36 to go. When the Comets were called for playing an illegal zone defense, Palazzi was awarded the free-position shot and slipped it past Comets keeper Marci Brewer.

"We forced things too much," said Martinez. "It's just inexperience and not knowing what to do. I was looking for players, but nobody was calling for it."

Towson was the last county team to beat Loch Raven, back in 1987. This was only the ninth loss in the history of the Raiders program, which includes four state titles, 20 Baltimore County titles and an all-time record of 120-9-1.

"Before overtime I had said I don't want to lose a game my senior year. I hadn't lost one since I've been here," said Martinez. "This was definitely an upset and we're just gonna work harder. I think the freshmen thought, 'We're Loch Raven and we can't lose.' Now they know you've got to work for it."

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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