Dulaney boys trounce Towson

Trailing 3-1 at the half, Lions get 10 goals in row

Lacrosse

High Schools

April 30, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With Towson leading 3-1 at halftime, Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber had what he described as a "heart-to-heart" talk with his players. In the second half, it was his Lions who showed all the heart, rallying for 10 straight goals en route to an 11-3 victory in a key Baltimore County Division I lacrosse game at Towson University's Minnegan Stadium.

Matt Carroll led the No. 11 Lions (9-2, 7-0) with four goals, followed by Bryant Will and Bret Barrow with two apiece. Mike Rice, Ben DeFelice, and Nick Williams scored goals for Towson (5-3, 6-1).

"I wasn't sure we could win the game [at the half]," said Schreiber, whose team lost to a physical Boys' Latin team, 13-5, the previous day. `Towson played a near-perfect game in the first half and we played a little tired, but everything came together in the second half."

It certainly did. The Lions scored all the goals in the second half, while their defense yielded none.

The win was the fourth straight for the Lions over Towson, although Towson does lead the all-time series between the teams, 23-12-1.

Towson did a good job of controlling the tempo in the first half, using a ball-control offense and key saves from goalie Andy Posil to throw the Lions off.

The second half, however, was another story.

Carroll, who will attend Roanoke College next year and play lacrosse, began the half scoring the first three goals to give Dulaney a 4-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. Dulaney was never threatened again.

"I got on [Carroll] a little at halftime, told him to slow it down and wait for his opportunities," said Schreiber. "He's a much better player when he's patient."

The advice worked for both Carroll and his teammates, as they controlled the ball most of the second half and picked apart the Towson defense. The Generals gave up seven goals in the fourth quarter.

"We worked the crease better in the second half, and it paid off," said Carroll. `This is such an emotional win for us, and I can't describe how good it feels right now."

The feeling was much different on the Towson sideline, where the second-half collapse was a huge disappointment.

"Defensively and offensively, we were overmatched in the second half," said Towson's Rice, a senior midfielder. "We got a little tired in the second half, lost our team unity, and it all fell apart. It's frustrating because I thought we had them at the half."

The girls' game, meanwhile, was all Dulaney. The No. 11 Lions got six goals from Marlena Wittelsberger and four goals from her sister, Lauren, to defeat Towson, 18-11.

The victory avenges a 15-12 loss by the Lions (9-1, 7-0) to the Generals last year at Minnegan Stadium and gives the Lions a commanding lead in the Baltimore County Division I race.

"This is a huge monkey off our back," said Dulaney coach Franz Wittelsberger, Marlena and Lauren's father.

"We've lost to them the last four seasons, and we've been pointing toward this all year."

Dulaney scored five of the first six goals.

Jill Wienecke, who scored six straight goals in the second half, led Towson (4-6, 4-6). Julia Paul also contributed three goals.

Towson goalkeeper Claire Hoeckel had 16 saves.

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