Catonsville rallies past Hereford, 12-10

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 29, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Even a fast start by No. 7 Hereford couldn't stop the visiting Catonsville girls lacrosse team from finishing off one of the most memorable victories in program history last night.

After giving up the first four goals, the No. 11 Comets gained control of the tempo and eventually the game, riding four goals from Maryland-bound Becky Clipp to a 12-10 win over the two-time defending Class 2A-1A state champions.

"They scored four goals in five minutes, but there was still a lot of time left, so we couldn't get down on ourselves," said Clipp, whose team showed patience on offense, especially in the second half. "We knew that when we controlled the ball, we could score."

The victory gives the Comets (9-1 overall, 6-0 Baltimore County) control of their own destiny in the race for the county's Division I title. If they can close out the regular season with county wins over Sparrows Point, Franklin and Towson, the title will be theirs.

It also was the first win over Hereford for Catonsville's seniors, who lost to the Bulls in overtime three years ago, gave up a late lead before losing in double overtime two years ago and lost in a rout last season.

"This is huge," Comets coach Jill Altshuler said. "I was looking at them when they were up 4-0 and thinking, `This team is really good.' "

Hereford (7-2, 6-1) dominated the early minutes, winning loose balls, creating fast breaks and building a 4-0 lead on two goals by Jessica Allen and one each by Jenny Reese and Chrissy Rude.

But Catonsville came back to take a 6-5 lead.

After being tied on five occasions, Catonsville broke free on consecutive goals by Clare Dennis and Erica Goins late in the second half to seal the win.

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