Dulaney bypasses Wright to final, 6-5

Mustangs get within 1 goal with :20 left, but Lions win behind Leland, Hawkins

Class 4A-3A girls lacrosse

High School

May 18, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Senior attack Katie Leland and senior midfielder Kelly Hawkins each scored twice, helping Dulaney build a four-goal second-half lead before holding on for a 6-5 victory over C. Milton Wright in a Class 4A-3A state semifinal last night at Severna Park.

The Lions (10-4-1), who have never won a state title, will be playing in the championship game for the second straight year and third time overall. Dulaney will next play at UMBC on Tuesday or Wednesday at a time to be determined against the winner of tonight's Walt Whitman-Broadneck semifinal.

The Mustangs (12-5) closed to within a goal with 20 seconds remaining when senior attack Kelly Duncan scored her second of the night on a free-position advantage. Wright won the ensuing draw and advanced down the field, but could not get off a shot.

"I've never been so proud of my team or anybody in my life," said Dulaney senior goalie Livvy King (six saves), who will be playing for James Madison next year. "We did everything our coaches had been telling us all season. [My teammates] played amazing."

Dulaney appeared to have the game under control for a large portion of the second half. When junior midfielder Lexi Glaeser created a turnover and scored with 15:15 remaining, the Lions led 6-2 and had outshot Wright 6-0 to that point in the half and 16-8 for the game.

But Wright suddenly regained its poise and fired nine consecutive shots at King. Sophomore midfielder Kadie Stamper and junior midfielder Val Bish scored with 12:54 and 8:55 remaining, respectively, to bring the Mustangs within 6-4.

Wright, which outshot Dulaney 19-17, had a free-position shot bounce off the far post with 5:30 remaining and another bounce wide with two minutes to play.

Dulaney had built its lead with a dominating opening 10 minutes. The Lions took a 4-1 lead after a free-position goal by Hawkins with 16:28 remaining in the first half, outshot Wright 7-1 and won the first five draws of the game during that stretch.

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