Dulaney survives Franklin's rally, 13-12

Lions allow 8-2 lead to become 12-12 game before Parker wins it

Girls lacrosse

April 03, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Dulaney girls lacrosse team nearly gave away the game several times yesterday at home against Franklin, but in the end, the Lions prevailed, 13-12.

In its first Baltimore County game of the year, Dulaney (2-0, 1-0) led by as many as six goals in the first half, only to have Franklin storm back to tie it at 12 late in the second half.

The Lions' defense held its ground in the final minutes as sophomore goalie Kristen Gilwee (16 saves) turned away two Indians shots, one of them leading to a fast-break opportunity. Senior co-captain Kara Parker drove in on the left side of the goal and scored her fourth and most important goal of the afternoon.

"When I got the ball at the end, I knew I had to take it in and shoot and score," Parker said.

Franklin (0-2, 0-1) had one final chance to tie the game, but senior Kendall Thrift's shot with a second remaining was saved by Gilwee.

This was the second straight one-goal loss for the Indians, who fell to Seton Keough in overtime last week.

Last year, the two teams battled to a one-goal result, with the Lions coming back to win, 10-9. The roles were reversed on an unseasonably warm day yesterday, with the Indians down 6-1 just 10 minutes into the game.

"We knew last year we came so close to losing that game so we wanted to come out here and really take it away from them right from the beginning," said Parker.

Franklin senior co-captain Janet Williams had a big day for the Indians as she scored four goals and had three assists. Her first goal came at the 13:23 mark of the first half to pull her team to within 6-2.

Dulaney responded with two quick goals to give it itsbiggest lead of the day at 8-2. But Franklin closed out the half on a 3-0 run led by senior Sara McCallam, who scored the final two goals before the break to make it 8-5.

"I think we got a little overconfident and I think we became lazy," said Dulaney coach Tina Wasowicz of her team's effort in the second half. "They were beating us to the ground balls. We were just standing and watching instead of participating in the game."

McCallam scored her third goal in a row 2:45 into the second half. After a Lions goal, the Indians scored two more to cut the lead to 9-8. From there, the teams traded goals until Williams tied the game at 12 with her fourth goal of the day with 7:36 left.

Dulaney junior Katie Mangels scored two goals and two assists and Paige Creighton had a goal and four assists. Franklin received two goals from Meghan Higgins and Aly Josephs.

"I think this game could have gone either way," said Franklin coach Dee Mullineaux. "Our team never gave up."

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