No. 6 Annapolis overpowers No. 15 Dulaney, 15-2

Panthers earn fourth trip to finals in five years

lass 3A-4A girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 23, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

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 league doesn't have teams like that. That's probably the best team we've seen all season besides Roland Park. Our schedule really didn't prepare us for this."

The Panthers outshot the Lions 21-3 in the first half and 34-11 in the game. They ran the lead to 10-0 by halftime and extended it to 11-0 before Lindsey White finally scored for the Lions.

"We didn't know what to expect, either," said Oliphant, a sophomore who finished with three goals and two assists. "We had never seen [Dulaney] play before, so we came out as strong as possible and played our best offense, because we didn't know how their defense was going to react."

Coming into the game, the Lions had posted similar stats to the Anne Arundel County champs, scoring 219 goals to the Panthers' 239. But the defensive pressure the Panthers applied in midfield was new to Dulaney.

"Their double-teaming and triple-teaming all over the field frustrated us a lot," said Sneeringer.

Girls lacrosse

State semifinals

Friday's results (At UMBC)

Class 1A-2A

Mount Hebron 9, South River 6

Class 3A-4A

Liberty 9, C. Milton Wright 5

Yesterday's results (At UMBC)

Class 1A-2A

Towson 19, Edgewood 4

Class 3A-4A

Annapolis 15, Dulaney 2

State finals (At UMBC)

Tuesday's game

Class 3A-4A

Liberty vs. Annapolis, 6

Wednesday's game

Class 1A-2A

Mount Hebron vs. Towson, 8

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