Dulaney's diverse attack picks apart Catonsville, 14-3 11 different Lions score

defense throttles Mohler

May 05, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Central Division is the Baltimore County League's toughest, with defending 1A-2A state champ Towson, 1996 state champ Hereford and 1996 state runner-up Catonsville.

But the 15th-ranked Dulaney Lions (10-1, 7-0) proved the class of the division, yesterday, shutting down an All-American midfielder in a 14-3 rout of visiting Catonsville (8-2, 5-2) that included assists on 12 goals and scoring from 11 different players.

"They're a great all-around team," said the Comets' Virginia-bound Brenndan Mohler, who did not score a point. "They pressured the heck out of the ball. They were all over it."

The Lions had a 16-5 advantage in faceoffs, with John Heuman (three goals, one assist) winning eight of nine and sophomore Steve Staniewski, seven of nine.

"You like to start out winning faceoffs, groundballs," said Heuman, one of Dulaney's three senior starters. "Our offense worked the ball, but the defense was in control."

Dulaney's all-junior defenders, Josh Tracy, Scott Williams and Tim Bardzik, were in sync with freshman keeper Phil Reed (16 saves).

The Lions' man-to-man scheme allowed few goal-bound cutters and few seams through which to pass. The defenders maintained their slides until the last possible instant, rarely screening Reed, who had time to position himself.

"I can't say enough about Phil," said Tracy, whose contained Mohler and had an assist. "Brenndan's a phenomenal player, so I shadowed him the whole game."

Steve Will (one goal, four assists) keyed Dulaney's first-period scoring. With the game tied 1-1, Will, a junior, assisted on the next two goals by teammates Alex Nichols (four goals, one assist) and Bryant Will, his freshman brother, before going airborne and stuffing in the final goal of the period with 1: 49 left.

Mike Janney (two goals, two assists) sparked the scoring of five goals on seven second-period shots to help Dulaney open a 9-2 halftime lead. Matt Lathroum (three goals) and keeper Bob Bennett (17 saves) led Catonsville.

Dulaney now heads to the Class 3A-4A South Region playoffs Thursday at Northern, Catonsville plays host to Harford County champ Fallston in the 3A-4A North.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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