Dulaney blitzes C. Milton Wright, 16-4

No. 13 Lions advance to championship game

State boys lacrosse

May 20, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

To make the cut for yesterday's Class 4A-3A state boys lacrosse semifinal, C. Milton Wright first had to survive three games in three days against Long Reach, Bel Air and River Hill.

In their fourth game of the week, however, the Mustangs ran into a buzz saw.

Dulaney scored the game's first four goals and never looked back in a 16-4 win over Wright at UMBC. Dulaney outshot Wright, 40-13.

The No.13 Lions (15-2), who have outscored opponents, 96-5, in the playoffs, now advance to the Class 4A-3A state championship Tuesday at 8 against the winner of today's game between Severna Park and Seneca Valley.

If Severna Park advances, it will set up a rematch of last year's state semifinal, won by the Falcons.

"I think everything was working today," said Tom Spivey, one of three Dulaney players, along with Kyle Batton and Bryan Will, to score three goals. "We worked the ball perfectly. We had a lot of shots and kept their offense down."

Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber said the Lions' quick start was a must against a team that has proven to be explosive offensively in past games.

"They've had a tendency to come back in games this year, so I wanted to get a comfortable lead out there," Schreiber said. "It was also big as far as confidence for our own team."

The Mustangs (12-6), led by midfielder Jeff Rominski (goal, two assists), got as close as 5-2 late in the first quarter before Dulaney scored five of the next six goals to pull away.

"They've got a lot of weapons, and we had a hard time matching up with them," said C. Milton Wright coach Andrew Gerard, who admitted his team was weary after playing so many games in a short period of time.

"We probably could've come in with a little bit fresher legs, and we could've been a little fresher mentally, but we lost to a great team."

Dulaney's only two losses came against private-school powers McDonogh and Boys' Latin. Though Dulaney players said they would have liked to have gone into the final unbeaten, the losses may have helped the team."It helped us a lot," Spivey said.

"It helped with the defense, the offense, working the ball around - I mean every aspect. Even though we got beat, and it lowered our confidence, it made us push a lot harder."

Other Lions contributors included midfielder Patrick Stringer (two goals) and attackman Bret Barrow (goal, two assists).

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