Dulaney spots Eastern Tech 3-0 lead, then fights back to take 14-9 victory

Lions end 6-game win run by Mavs, pull away in 3rd

April 24, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dulaney's Josh Tracy thrives, defensively, alongside teammates Scott Williams and Tim Bardzik.

That much was evident in yesterday's 14-9 win by the Lions at Baltimore County rival Eastern Tech, where the trio helped goalie Nick Mowbray clamp down on the Mavericks in the second half.

But give Tracy an opening, and he can be downright offensive.

"If I get 10 feet between any two people, something happens inside of me and I just go," said Tracy, who has a full scholarship to play at Ohio State. "Any time a `long-pole' [defenseman] makes a big play offensively, it's going to pump up your team."

The second-team All-Metro defenseman keyed a second-period 4-1 run by Dulaney, helping to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead.

Ryan Sanfillipo tied the game at 4-all before Tracy put in an unassisted goal after a full-field sprint with 5: 05 left in the half. That score gave the Lions the lead at 5-4, and they never trailed again.

Down 3-0 early, Dulaney began coming back as Bryant Will scored two of his four goals unassisted in the first period's final 2: 49. And then the Lions scored five of the next six goals.

Dulaney led 7-6 early in the third period, when Tracy turned two long clears into assists on goals by Bret Barrow and Will. Barrow finished with four goals and an assist, and Will scored four times.

Dulaney's Steve Will had a goal and two assists, Ryan Burrows scored twice, Mark McClewee had a goal and an assist, and John Spivey two assists.

Under new coach Barry Heddings, the Mavericks (6-3) had won six straight after an 0-2 start. Their losses were against Harford County's 14th-ranked North Harford and Fallston -- games in which Eastern Tech also took early leads.

"Dulaney beat us with their depth, but I'm proud of how our kids played," said Heddings, who starred at Towson High and Towson University and had never experienced a loss to Dulaney.

Justin Combs led Eastern Tech with four goals and an assist.

His unassisted tally during a two-minute extra-man situation for Eastern Tech brought the Mavericks within 7-5, and his feed to Justin Spangler for a goal with 57 seconds left had the Mavericks within 7-6 at halftime.

Eastern Tech defensemen Chris Markel, Ryan Kahl and Matt Alt often dislodged the ball with checks or cleared it into Mavericks fast-breaks.

Junior goalie Kevin Cross finished with 18 saves for the Mavericks. He deflected eight of the Lions' first 10 shots, and his teammates made their first three for a 3-0 lead at 5: 05 of the first period.

Dan Kehl made his first of two goals for a 1-0 lead at 8: 17 of the first period. Then Brian Johnson ripped home two straight unassisted goals within a 15-second span, the first with 5: 15 left in the first period. He also assisted on two goals.

"I was on fire," said Cross, one of the Mavericks' eight underclassmen starters. "Coming off a big win, they weren't expecting us to play like we were."

Dulaney (4-1) appeared drained after Thursday's 10-4 rout of previously unbeaten Towson and scored only once in seven extra-man situations yesterday.

"We were beat up physically, but Eastern Tech was ready to play," Barrow said. "We overcame the fatigue with our overall team intensity."

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