Becky Clipp completed No. 13 Catonsville's comeback from a three-goal deficit by scoring with 8:01 left to give the host Comets a 6-5 victory over No. 12 Dulaney in a Baltimore County Division I game last night.
Catonsville (4-0, 2-0) scored the game's first two goals before Dulaney (3-1, 2-1) answered with two from Katie Mangels as part of a five-goal run - the final three coming from Alice Hughey early in the second half - for a 5-2 lead with 19:59 left.
But Catonsville slowly began to control the ball and rally on a cold, windy evening.
The Comets cut the lead to 5-4 on goals by Jen Bach (two goals) and Claire Cunniff (one goal, two assists). Clare Dennis then tied the game on a shot from in front with 9:50 remaining - just 46 seconds after the Cunniff goal.
Clipp (two goals) followed with the game-winning goal by changing up and using a left-handed shot after a slick move near the crease.
"They did have great defense, and they locked on [us]," Clipp said. "I saw the slide was coming from the right ... and I went back to my left."
Catonsville then used ball control and patience to seal the victory. The Comets held the ball for most of the final eight minutes after Clipp's goal.
The Comets stopped Dulaney from making the long transition runs that produced the five-goal run. Catonsville goalie Claire Castle (10 saves) helped with clutch stops in the final six minutes on shots by Kara Parker (free position) and Paige Creighton.
The Lions couldn't do much else on offense as the Comets showed remarkable patience.
"They did a nice job of controlling the ball and keeping it away from us," Dulaney coach Tina Wasowicz said. "If you don't have the ball, you can't score."