Dulaney turns to defense to overturn Loch Raven

King's goaltending leads Lions to 8-6 victory

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 12, 2002|By Mike Casey | Mike Casey,SUN STAFF

After a tightly-played, low-scoring first half, Dulaney called on its senior leadership to inspire it to a 8-6 victory over an old Baltimore County rival yesterday at Dulaney.

The Loch Raven Raiders (3-1, 1-1), winners in their first three games of the season, jumped out to a 2-0 lead just eight minutes in. But after a Dulaney timeout, the Lions answered with two goals of their own, including one by senior Katie Leland. A stifling Loch Raven defense and an overturned goal by a charging call kept the Lions scoreless the rest of the half.

At halftime, senior midfielder Liz Pankey gathered her frustrated teammates at the bench and urged them to stay positive.

"We're a good team and we know we're a good team," Pankey reminded her team. "We have to stop getting angry at each other."

The pep talk worked. Leland added three goals in the second half, including the eventual game-winner, to propel the Lions to victory.

Dulaney assistant coach Joe Howard, filling in for head coach Tina Wasowicz, who had the flu, said that his players' focus seemed to improve in the second half.

"I think the girls really decided that they were going to get back on defense, that they were going to hustle and go after loose balls. I really believe their mental attitude dictates how they will play."

"We just have to keep our heads up when we make mistakes," Leland said. "Sometimes, we come out slow, but we need to focus on coming back faster."

Another senior starring for the Lions was goaltender Livvy King, who made three of her six saves in outstanding fashion in the second half to preserve the win for Dulaney.

With the Lions (3-1-1, 2-1) down 4-3 early in the half, Loch Raven's Molly Rogers spun away from her defender and darted to the front of the net. King stopped Rogers' shot with her crosse and denied the Raiders their second two-goal advantage of the game. Later, with 8:30 remaining and Dulaney clinging to an 8-6 lead, King sticked away a tricky bouncing shot by Colleen Home, and then came up big again three minutes later when she knocked down a hard shot from a few yards out and scooped the ball out of danger with her glove.

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