1-0 win over No. 12 Dulaney hits spot for No. 2 Towson

Heeding coach's words, Paul gets game's only goal

Field hockey

October 04, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After Tuesday's scoreless tie at St. Paul's, Towson field hockey coach Holly West told her attack players they had to be hungrier in the circle. Jocelyn Paul listened.

The senior right wing pounced on a loose ball early in the second half yesterday and nailed the only goal of the game to give the second-ranked Generals a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Dulaney in a Baltimore County Heron Division showdown.

A year ago, the Generals were riding a similar eight-game unbeaten streak when they lost, 2-1 in overtime, at Dulaney. Yesterday, the Generals (7-0-2, 5-0 in the division) were determined not to let that happen on their own turf against the Lions (5-1, 3-1).

"After losing last year in overtime, this was just the biggest game," said Towson midfielder Whitney Mershon. "We had a lot of determination to win this game, because of the tie with St. Paul's."

The teams started yesterday entered having given up only one goal each. The Generals, who took 10 shots, allowed the Lions just one shot.

Freshman goalie Jessy Willse made the save against Joanna Carlson with 17:40 left. Mershon and Emily Kolarik cleared away two other Lions threats.

Before the Lions took their first shot, Towson already had the lead.

Paul, standing just inside the top of the scoring circle, was perfectly positioned for an opportunistic goal less than four minutes into the second half.

She watched Lucy Poole take the initial shot. When Lions goalie Laura Kay blocked it, the ball rolled toward Paul, who fired it into the near corner.

"When it went in, I was so happy, because we've been playing smart and our shots hadn't been going in," said Paul, who leads a balanced attack in goals with four.

The loss drops the Lions, last year's co-county champs with Catonsville, from the unbeaten ranks in the tough Heron Division. Towson, Loch Raven and Hereford remain undefeated.

Still, the Lions, who play four games in the next six days, realize they aren't out of the county race.

"It's tough losing to Towson, just because we want to beat them so badly," said Lions senior forward Allie Bensen. "But when it comes down to it, we still have the rest of the season. This is just one game."

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