Dulaney turns tables on Chesapeake, 1-0 Lions' East-region win avenges double-OT loss

November 01, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There wasn't a cloud in the sky over Chesapeake High School last night, but that didn't stop the Dulaney Lions from making absolutely certain that lightning didn't strike twice.

Carrying the memory of last year's bitter playoff loss -- in which the Cougars scored the game-winner with nine seconds left in double overtime -- the Lions took the lead midway through the second half and held on for a 1-0 win in the Class 4A East Region final.

"We kept saying we can't let it happen again," said Dulaney forward Lynley Harold. "We just wanted revenge. We wanted to get that victory back."

The Lions (11-3-1) advanced to Monday's Class 4A state semifinals at Goucher College, where they'll face top-ranked Severna Park, a 2-0 winner over Calvert yesterday, at 12: 30 p.m.

To get there, Dulaney had to survive an onslaught by the Cougars (10 -3-2) that lasted for much of the game. But although Chesapeake held a 12-6 advantage in shots, it was not able to capitalize.

"We've been having problems all season putting it in the goal," said Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab, who was denied her 150th career victory.

After a scoreless first half, Harold gave her team the lead with 13: 30 left in regulation.

The play started when link Kate Slear, standing near the top of the circle, fired a hard shot toward the goal. It bounced over a pair of sticks to Harold waiting in front of the cage, who redirected it in through the legs of a defender.

The win was a relief to Dulaney coach Anita Crotty, who tried not to think about avenging last year's disappointment until her team was assured of a rematch.

"We didn't even look at Chesapeake until we beat Old Mill, but then we went back and relived last year's game," said Crotty. "They were just so psyched up for the game, and they were determined that this wasn't going to happen again."

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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