Balanced Hereford attack trips Dulaney in 10-5 win

Four score 2 goals apiece as No. 11 Bulls move to 6-0

Girls lacrosse

April 19, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford's Gina Allen got exactly what she wanted for her 18th birthday yesterday -- a 10-5 victory for her No. 11 Bulls over No. 15 Dulaney in a key Baltimore County girls lacrosse showdown.

Allen, a senior bound for North Carolina, had never beaten Dulaney, the defending county champion. Yesterday, she contributed two goals to a balanced attack that took advantage of a lot of Dulaney turnovers and ran up a 6-2 lead on five straight first-half goals.

"This means so much," Allen said. "It just proves our school is getting so much better in lacrosse. We're starting to make a name for ourselves and it's so great to be a part of that."

The Bulls (6-0) improved to 3-0 in the county's Division I, while the Lions (3-3) dropped to 0-1. The two could meet again in the county championship, which pits the top two teams in the division against each other, but Catonsville, which lost to Hereford, 11-10, in overtime, might have something to say about that.

Yesterday, the Bulls also got two goals each from Jessica Allen, Lauren Carls and Chrissy Rude. Dulaney's Tracey Mullaney scored a game-high three goals, but the Lions struggled on attack, partly because their top scorer, All-Metro second-teamer Lauren Witt- elsberger, was sick and did not play.

Still, the Lions had plenty of opportunities. They outshot the Bulls 15-4 in the second half but slipped just one past junior keeper Kitt Turnbaugh.

After Mullaney cut the lead to 8-5 on a free-position goal, Turnbaugh shut out the Lions for the remaining 21:54 of the game. The transfer from North Carroll made nine of her 11 saves in the second half.

"Kitt is extremely intense and very competitive," said Bulls coach Anne Ensor. "Knowing Kitt, she was probably a little disappointed with the first half and just made up her mind that was it. The defense helped her a lot, pushing kids out."

The Lions led 1-0 and 2-1, but then Gina Allen scored both of her goals within two minutes to polish off the five-goal Bulls run and take a 6-2 lead with 6:32 left in the first half.

Turnovers killed the Lions, who controlled 11 of the 17 draws but had trouble holding onto the ball, especially in the arc.

"You can't score when you drop the ball in front of the goal," said Lions coach Tina Wasowicz. "That's basic passing and catching and we're not doing well against high-pressure teams right now."

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