Rebuilt Dulaney wastes no time, routs Catonsville

Losing all but 1 starter, Lions roll to 13-6 victory

Boys lacrosse

High schools

March 24, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Early in last night's Baltimore County 4A-3A League boys lacrosse opener at Catonsville, Dulaney looked every bit like a team that had graduated all but one starter.

Players dropped routine passes, were flagged for penalties and admonished during substitutions - by coach Gary Schreiber and teammates - for failing to properly enter or exit the field.

Before long, however, the eighth-ranked Lions looked every bit like the program that has won an unprecedented four straight 4A-3A state titles as they overcame an early one-goal deficit for a season-opening, 13-6 rout of the Comets.

Ryan Hoff scored five of his six goals in the first half, Neal Barthelme had three goals and two assists, and both Matt Lafferty (two goals, two assists) and Justin Horsman (one, two) contributed to Dulaney's 43rd straight win over a public school.

Catonsville scored just three times in 10 extra-man opportunities against a defense led by first-year keeper Justin Woodford (13 saves), Aaron Buckheit, Jeff Breeding and Carl Grund, a Calvert Hall transfer who stripped the ball from opposing players four times.

"This is a new team. At first, we had problems knowing who went where on man-down," said Woodford, a senior who was cut from last year's squad. "But we figured it out, worked through it, moved some people around. We wound up holding them to one goal in the second half."

Eric Gurnsey (three goals, two assists) and Carl Oswald (two, one) led Catonsville, whose midfielder, Bryan Schaffer, helped win four of the first five faceoffs.

But, Catonsville blew a 1-0 lead - too often losing possession to the Lions' defense. Offensively, Hoff often streaked in and scored on goalkeeper Matt Affeldt (nine saves). Dulaney led 3-1 after one period, and 9-5 at halftime.

"Our midfielders Matt Lafferty and Will Englehart are good at passing the ball to me on the crease, giving me good looks," said Hoff, a reserve midfielder last year who now starts on attack. "If we continue to play with confidence, we have talented guys who can make plays."

The win raised Dulaney's four-year record to 61-9, including 58-1 vs. public schools. The Lions' last defeat against a public school was in March of 2001, when Fallston won, 8-7.

"Every kid out is brand new other than Will," said Schreiber. "We're still trying to find things that work. It's been fun."

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