Dulaney doesn't tire against C.M. Wright

Seniors Wittelsberger, Mullaney combine for 9 points in semis win, 12-7

4A-3A girls lacrosse

May 20, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Not even the senior prom could distract Dulaney from its mission.

Showing no ill effects from a 2 a.m. curfew, the No. 15-ranked Lions dismantled C. Milton Wright, 12-7, in a Class 4A-3A girls lacrosse state semifinal at Annapolis yesterday.

Dulaney will meet defending state champion Severna Park in the state championship final at 6 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC.

Senior Lauren Wittelsberger registered a team-high five points (three goals and two assists) and Tracy Mullaney posted three goals and an assist for Dulaney (12-3), the South Regional champion that broke a two-year jinx of falling in the state semifinals.

"We knew we had to win," said Mullaney, a senior attackman. "We all agreed that the prom is just one night. How often do you get a chance to win a state championship?"

To that end, the Lions jumped out quickly against C. Milton Wright (11-3-2). After Mustangs junior Kelley Duncan scored the first of her three goals to cut Dulaney's lead to 2-1 with 18:12 left in the first half, the Lions scored four of the next five goals to walk into halftime with a 6-2 lead.

Dulaney opened the second half with a 6-2 run and seemingly had the game in hand with about 10 minutes left.

But C. Milton Wright, the North Regional titlist, earned three unanswered goals from Duncan and freshmen Kadie Stamper and Lynsey Kanski to make it a 12-7 game with 2:48 left.

That's when Lions coach Tina Wasowicz called a timeout to install a designed play called "ice," in which Dulaney spreads its offense and keeps the ball along the sides and corners to run out the clock.

C. Milton Wright took 13 fewer shots, lost five more draws and committed nine more turnovers than the Lions.

"We couldn't execute some basic fundamentals like passing and catching," said coach Paul Snyder, whose program has won three of the past four 4A-3A North Regional titles. "We had no respect for the ball."

Goals: D - Mullaney 3, Wittelsberger 3, Creighton, Cyphers, Hughey, Leland, Smith, White; CMW - Duncan 3, DiMartino, Kanski, McHugh, Stamper. Assists: D - Wittelsberger 2, Benson, Creighton, Mullaney; CMW - Duncan. Saves: D - King 5. CMW - Janowitz 10. Half: D, 8-2.

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