Dulaney upends host McDonogh for championship

Lions top Penn Charter

Eagles trip Woodberry

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 20, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Dulaney accomplished something rare yesterday at the McDonogh boys lacrosse tournament.

The No. 10-ranked Lions (6-1) beat a pair of private schools, first taking Penn Charter of Philadelphia, 9-8, and then winning the championship game over host and No. 8 McDonogh, 14-13.

"We hadn't beaten a private school in 10 years, and then we beat two today," said Lions coach Dick Cromwell. "When we get ball movement, no one can stop us."

Dulaney goalkeeper Jason Woodford made 14 saves and was especially effective early in the championship game when he made several sensational stops.

"We wanted to make a statement today," said Woodford, who made 18 saves against Penn Charter. "We weren't supposed to beat Penn Charter in the first game, but came from two down in the fourth quarter to beat them. We played with emotion today."

McDonogh (11-6) staged an amazing rally in the final seven minutes of the championship game after falling behind to Dulaney 13-6.

The Eagles outscored the Lions in those closing minutes 7-1 and had possession with 22 seconds left but made an unforced turnover.

They scored three goals in a minute to cut the gap to 13-9. Two more McDonogh goals made it 13-11 with 3:17 to play. Travis Holmes won five straight faceoffs and scored two goals for McDonogh during that streak.

But Dulaney attackman Kyle Batton, who scored four goals and had three assists, saved the day by scoring the game-winning goal with 1:29 to play.

"It was a back-and-forth game, but our offense scored when it needed to," said Batton, the Lions' leading scorer this season. "We decided to take a stand this season and play the private schools."

Dulaney lost an earlier game to Boys' Latin, 11-8, and faces Calvert Hall tomorrow at Johns Hopkins.

The championship game was one of streak scoring with Dulaney going up 5-1 after one quarter and McDonogh rallying to trail 5-4 after two periods. Dulaney, which won five of the first six faceoffs, outshot McDonogh 14-7 in the first quarter and McDonogh outshot Dulaney 17-2 in the second quarter.

Dulaney scored four straight at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter. The Lions possessed the ball for all but a few seconds during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

McDonogh, which advanced to the final by beating Woodberry, 10-6, on four goals by Skylar Hopkins, possessed the ball for the next four minutes by winning the faceoffs and finally figuring out how to beat Woodford.

"We learned that you can't shoot high on him," said McDonogh coach Jake Reed, a former Dulaney player who still lives a mile from the Timonium school. "You have to shoot overhand, high to low. We just kept running the same play over and over at the end and they couldn't stop it."

Reed appreciates how much the victory meant to Dulaney.

"We haven't lost to a public school in 11 years," said Reed. "It was my first year here and we were 3-15. North Harford beat us. But Dulaney is a much better team. They are a great team in transition and played a truly great game today. I'm proud of my kids for coming back."

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