Offense rules in Dulaney's 10-4 victory over Towson

Lions break out, hand Generals 1st loss of season

Boys lacrosse

April 23, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Something had to give when high-octane Dulaney met stingy Towson in the Lacrosse Classic at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium last night.

And in a display of offensive brilliance, the No. 11 Lions emerged as the victors as they broke open a tied game at halftime to cruise to a surprising 10-4 win.

Although the Generals lead the 36-year series 23-11-1, last night's loss was the third straight to Dulaney in as many years.

Senior attacker Steve Will led the way with four goals and an assist, and senior midfielder Ryan Burrows chipped in a goal and three assists as the Lions (5-1) solved a Towson zone defense that had previously allowed a paltry 2.3 goals a game.

Lions coach Gary Schreiber said the key was recognizing a pattern in the Generals' defense.

"They were sagging into the crease and packing it in," he said. "We started cutting down the back side and that opened up opportunities."

Will said the offense also noticed something about Generals senior goalkeeper Jesse Markowitz.

"We knew coming into the game, that he was a good keeper down low," Will said. "Once those shots didn't go in, we started shooting high."

The teams traded goals in the first half. Will's first at the 1: 18 mark of the first quarter was answered by junior midfielder Ben Defelice, and junior attacker David Swift's shot into a wide-open net with 3: 22 gone in the second quarter gave Towson (5-1) a short-lived lead.

Will closed the half with a goal that Markowitz partially blocked before it landed in the net.

With the game tied at 2 at halftime, Dulaney scored two quick goals in the first 3: 37 of the third quarter.

After Generals senior attacker Gavin Kimball bounced a shot past senior goalkeeper Nick Mowbrey (six saves), Will sandwiched two of his goals around a score by junior attacker Bret Barrow to give the Lions a comfortable 7-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Towson junior attacker David Swift's goal at the 3: 14 mark of the fourth quarter narrowed the gap to 7-4.

But man-advantage scores by Barrow and sophomore midfielder Bryant Will and another goal by junior midfielder Steve Staniewski in a 70-second span sealed the win for Dulaney.

Swift led the Generals with two goals, but leading scorer and senior attacker Josh Zennaro (16 goals and five assists in four games) was held without a point.

Towson coach Ben Berquist blamed the loss on his squad's nine penalties, four of which led to Owls goals.

"At times, we lost our composure," he said. "When you do that against a quality team like Dulaney, they will cash in."

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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