Whether he's pursuing a ground ball, flipping a nifty pass to a teammate or ripping a wicked shot past a goalie into the back of the net, Dulaney senior Kyle Batton puts the "attack" in attackman.
"Kyle's the iceman. He's pretty intense," said the Lions' Cary Howard, Batton's teammate on attack. "Every time I have the ball - every time - I know Kyle's going to be open on the crease. I might have to wait a few seconds, but he's going to be there when the game's on the line to finish it."
Batton had a hand in eight of his team's first 13 goals in yesterday's 15-5 rout of 13th-ranked Fallston (0-1), finishing with six goals and two assists against the defending Harford County champion.
Howard and midfielder Jay Feeley each had two goals and two assists, and Greg Naylor had two goals as the ninth-ranked and three-time defending Class 4A-3A state champion raised its winning streak against public schools to 27 games. Fallston's 8-7 victory in 2001 is Dulaney's last setback against a Maryland public school.
"We always play hard against Fallston," said Batton, who credited his defense for being a catalyst in transition. "Our time of possession was huge. We were able to move the ball and give everyone touches and looks."
After making it 2-1 off a goal by Calvert Hall transfer Steve Bosse with 8:15 left in the first period, the Cougars didn't score again until early in the fourth quarter when Adam Meyers converted a pass from Dave Frampton that made it 13-2.
The Cougars' Adam Wade, Fallston's top returning scorer with 30 goals and 11 assists last season, couldn't cash in until landing his only goal - his team's fourth - in the final period.
Against Dulaney keeper Jason Woodford (11 saves) and Princeton-bound defender Zac Jungers, who was flanked by newcomers Brad Ferriell and Paul Hidalgo, the Cougars failed to convert on seven of nine extra-man opportunities.
Bright spots for Fallston were keeper Jeff Bisker (nine saves) and midfielder Jarod Richardson, the latter winning 14 of the 21 faceoffs he competed for, including 10 of the first 13.
"We practiced in mud all week, but we came out here and looked real crisp," Jungers said. "I've got two brand new [defensemen] next to me and they stepped up, and Woody [Woodford] shut it down."
Woodford thwarted a one-on-one attempt in the second period, where he also twice came up with extra-man saves. He also cradled four of five third-period shots.
"Their goalie made some very nice saves I thought we could have scored on," said Fallston coach Matt Parks. "It's the first time we've been out playing [because of inclement weather]. We haven't scrimmaged anybody and weren't used to game situations. They beat us a lot in transition, which happens when you don't have the practice repetitions."