All season, No. 12-ranked Towson has been anticipating another state final showdown with Mount Hebron, but no one could accuse the Generals of looking past upstart Edgewood yesterday.
Towson overcame a strong early performance by Rams goalie Jen Mitchell and scored the last 15 goals of the game en route to a 19-4 victory in a Class 1A-2A state semifinal at UMBC Stadium.
Katie Dolan scored six goals and had an assist, leaving her two shy of the Class 1A-2A tournament records for goals and points in a single game.
In routing the Rams (9-7), the Generals (14-3) tied the tournament Class 1A-2A record for most goals in one game by a team. Mount Hebron set the record in 1995.
The Generals, who won the title in 1997, will meet No. 1 Mount Hebron (19-0) for the state title at 8 p.m. Wednesday -- a rematch of last year's final, won by the Vikings, 9-7.
"Mount Hebron's been our goal all season," said Dolan. "No one thought we could come back, because we lost a lot of people last year. We've got a real young team, but we're psyched and ready to get back there."
Yesterday, the Generals fell behind early by 2-1 and 3-2.
But with the score 4-4 after Julie DiCarlo's goal for Edgewood and 3: 47 left in the first half, Dolan scored two of her four first-half goals and Abbe Carr put in another for the Generals.
"We just realized this is it -- this is our game," said Dolan, who came within two of the tourney record for goals in a game.
Dolan, who now has 69 goals and 17 assists, picked up her game, in part to offset the loss of All-Metro midfielder Lindsay Buchanan (61 goals, 36 assists). Buchanan is out for the season with a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in her left knee, which she initially thought she had sprained during Towson's region final.
The Generals did not let up after the break, scoring seven goals in just over four minutes for a 14-4 lead with 20: 58 left. They went on to score 12 second-half goals, outshooting the 9-7 Rams 22-8 in that half and 42-18 in the game.
Michelle Clarke had three goals and Carr, Erin Rowse, Jill Wienecke and Whitney Mershon scored two goals each.
Annapolis dumps Dulaney
Sixth-ranked Annapolis wasted no time last night in snatching away any hope No. 15-ranked Dulaney had for an upset.
The Panthers scored eight goals before Dulaney even managed a shot and cruised to a 15-2 victory in a Class 3A-4A state semifinal game at UMBC.
The defending champions will meet No. 11 Liberty (17-2) for the Class 3A-4A title at 6 p.m. Tuesday at UMBC. Annapolis (18-1) has won two of the last three titles and earned its fourth trip to the final in five years.
Last night, the Panthers made few mistakes, forcing turnovers in the midfield, striking quickly with their balanced offense and holding the Lions without a shot for nearly 19 minutes.
Sarah Oliphant scored two goals in a little over two minutes and Katie Hartman added two more in the next two minutes. Kristy Dirks, Acacia Walker and Christy McNew also scored in the 8-0 run capped by another Oliphant goal before Dulaney (11-5) took its first shot.
"We really looked sharp that first five or six minutes," said Annapolis coach Dave Gehrdes. "We didn't drop the ball, and we shot very well."
The Lions seemed shell-shocked during the Panthers' early blitz.
"We never play teams like that," said Dulaney senior midfielder Jean Sneeringer. "Our schedule really didn't prepare us for this."
Pub Date: 5/23/99