Dulaney runs past Towson

Pressure, early strike power No. 11 Lions, 11-5

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 06, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The venue may have changed, but yesterday's result was much the same for the No. 11 Dulaney boys lacrosse team in its annual matchup against rival Towson.

Playing on their home field because of a scheduling conflict with Towson University, the game's traditional host, the Lions scored the first four goals and never looked back in an 11-5 win.

In a game filled with emotions - which boiled over at the final whistle into a bench-clearing melee - Dulaney dominated by sticking to a precise defensive plan.

"We've been practicing the shut-off, where we shut off every man and then use high-pressure defense," said Lions attackman Kyle Batton. `That seemed to work most of the game. We were stripping the other team pretty well, and that definitely helped us to get the possession out of their hands and into ours. Once we had possession, we knew what we had to do."

Batton scored a game-high four goals to go along with three goals and two assists by attackman Mike Obringer, helping the defending Class 4A-3A state champions build a 4-0 lead at 16:26. That advantage could have been bigger if not for shots hitting off the posts and athletic saves by Towson goalie Andy Posil (10 saves).

"I told the kids to keep it up and they [the shots] would fall eventually," said coach Gary Schreiber.

Soon enough, they did. Over the next 20 minutes, Dulaney (9-2) scored six straight goals to put the game out of reach, 10-2.

"They cashed in on all our mistakes," said Towson coach Ben Berquist. "We were clearing the ball, we'd drop it and they'd cash in. Our game plan is to possess the ball and control the tempo, but it's tough to do that against a quality team."

Sean Scott and Mike Haynes each scored twice for the Generals (8-2).

With the regional playoffs set to begin Thursday, both teams viewed the game as a good warm-up, as will be Dulaney's makeup Tuesday against No. 3 McDonogh.

More than that, however, the 47th matchup between the two Baltimore County powers gave players from both sides a chance to take part in one of the area's most traditional rivalries.

"It doesn't matter where you play this," said Berquist. "You could play it in somebody's back yard. It's a big rival game and the kids just want to play, wherever the game is."


Lauren Wittlesberger had three goals and two assists, as host Dulaney topped Towson, 16-5.

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