Towson's late stand stops Loch Raven, 12-10

Generals' double-teams turn game in final minutes

May 11, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Early in yesterday's game between No. 12 Towson and No. 13 Loch Raven, defense was not a factor as each team scored on its first two shots. In the final 11 minutes, however, Towson's defense made all the difference.

The host Generals began doubling up on Loch Raven, forcing turnovers and winning ground balls. At the same time, their attack scored the last five goals of the game for a 12-10 victory that gave Towson its third straight Baltimore County Division I title. Katie Dolan scored three of her four goals in the last 11 minutes, and Claire Hoeckel made two close-range saves in the last three minutes to lead Towson's rally.

Hoeckel, who finished with 12 saves, and the defense of Julia Paul, Marie Desmarais, Beth Schminke, Kelly Bowersock, Lindsay Buchanan and Dolan shut out the Raiders for the final 13: 34 of the game.

"The whole game, I played an extra defender," said Generals coach Jill Altshuler. "The whole game, we wanted the kids to slide, so they would go and double and they didn't do it. Finally at the end of the game, we picked it up and Loch Raven couldn't do anything once we doubled."

As late as the midpoint of the second half, the Raiders (12-2, 7-2 division) appeared ready to take their first win over Towson (9-4, 8-0) in three years. Laura Palazzi scored her fourth goal on a feed from Gina Ruocco for a 10-7 Raiders lead with 13: 34 left.

But the tide quickly turned on the Raiders.

Towson won the next two draws and scored two goals within 40 seconds. Dolan scored on the first free-position shot of the game. Erin Rowse then rolled the crease to cut the lead to 10-9 with 9: 40 left.

After Hoeckel snared Heather Bird's low shot, Buchanan scored on the run to tie at 10 with 7: 21 left. Three minutes later, Dolan added another free-position goal.

With three minutes left, Hoeckel made a high point-blank deflection aginst Molly Rogers. Loch Raven's Ashley Froman then forced a turnover, but the Raiders could not get past Hoeckel again as the junior stopped Anne Mobley's free-position attempt.

Dolan added an insurance goal with 44 seconds remaining on a feed from Rowse behind the goal.

The Raiders, who matched the Generals' 23 shots, managed just three in the final 13: 34.

"We weren't playing patient," said Froman. "We were getting double-teamed and we were throwing the ball away."

* No. 11 Liberty 17, No. 14 Dulaney 6: Liberty (12-2) dominated the final 30 minutes, breaking open an 8-4 game by scoring nine of the final 11 goals. Jess George scored three goals for Dulaney (8-4).

Softball

* C. Milton Wright 10, Edgewood 0: Erin Rodecker pitched a no-hitter, and Liz McSpadden hit her first home run as the Mustangs (13-4, 8-0) clinched the Harford County title.

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