No. 8 Dulaney drops C. Milton Wright, 9-7

Defending state champ fights off Mustangs again, advances to title game

4A-3A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2001|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the second straight year, No. 8-ranked Dulaney's road to the boys lacrosse state championship traveled right through the heart of C. Milton Wright.

The defending Class 4A-3A state champion held off a game challenge from No. 9 C. Milton Wright to win, 9-7, at Annapolis last night and advance to the state title game next week. The Lions (13-3) will face the winner of today's game between Arundel and Whitman.

Dulaney's high-powered attack, which averages better than 16 goals a game this season, was held to two first-half goals by a Mustangs' defense anchored by goalie Chris Petrush (15 saves). But the Lions asserted themselves with a decisive three-goal outburst late in the third quarter.

C. Milton Wright (15-3) mounted a furious fourth-quarter challenge, and Dulaney's victory was not secured until Bryant Will scored his second goal of the game with two seconds left.

The Mustangs, who were eliminated by Dulaney in last year's semifinal round, failed to capitalize on three extra-man advantages in the first half, as the teams played to a 2-2 halftime tie. Jon Spivey scored three times for Dulaney, including an extra-man goal that tied the score at 4-4 with 3:55 left in the third quarter.

That seemed to energize the Dulaney attack, and the Lions closed the third period with three goals in a 55-second span for a 7-4 lead. Mike Obringer's 36th goal of the season early in the fourth quarter made it 8-4, but the Mustangs, winners of their previous eight games, fought back.

Mike Kearney scored with 6:00 left, and Joe Scanlon's second goal brought the Mustangs to within 8-7 with 3:55 left.

A slashing penalty on Dulaney's Jay Feeley with 39 seconds left gave C. Milton Wright an extra man for the remainder of the game, but Dulaney goalie Phil Reed (11 saves) denied Jeff Rominski. The Lions cleared, setting up the last-second goal by Will and a repeat appearance in the state championship game.

Goals: D--Spivey 3, Obringer 2, Will 2, Mindel, Wittelsberger; CMW--Hershner 2, Scanlon 2, Bonovich, Kearney, Lader. Assists: D--Will; CMW--Molite, Scanlon. Saves: D--Reed 11. CMW--Petrush 15. Half: 2-2.

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