Englehart, Dulaney keep tradition, crown

5th straight Balt. Co. title at expense of Towson, 11-8

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 09, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

On three of Dulaney's past four 4A-3A state title-winning teams and the only returning starter from last year, Will Englehart feels responsible to carry the torch.

Englehart's leadership was on display in yesterday's 11-8 victory over visiting rival Towson (, his three goals a part of a seven-goal run that lifted the No. 9 Lions to their fifth straight Baltimore County 4A-3A title.

Dulaney (12-2, 9-0) raised its public school winning streak to 52 games since an 8-7 loss to Fallston in 2001. Its consecutive victories against county schools reached 49, the last loss by 10-6 to Hereford in May 1999.

"I'm always hearing from the graduates how I'm supposed to `Keep the streak alive by winning [state title] No. 5,' " said Englehart. "I don't want to be the one who loses it."

Junior midfielder Neal Barthelme sparked a run that turned a 4-3, second-quarter deficit into a 10-4 lead early in the fourth. Barthelme scored twice within 26 seconds for a 5-4 halftime advantage.

"I hadn't gotten many touches, but I did my best to help the team," said Barthelme, who, both times, raced through traffic to beat keeper Peter Gentry (12 saves). "Thankfully, it worked out. I was going on pure adrenaline."

Before that the Generals' offense had patiently found seams for three one-goal leads - the last at 4-3 on the second of Tim Skeen's three scores with 9:43 left in the first half.

"We looked for good possessions, but I wanted to go after them, not eat up the clock too much. We had some success with that," said Towson coach Ben Berquist, whose team fell to 11-1, 10-1. "But Dulaney pushed its transition and was hard to stop."

Englehart and Ryan Hoff (three goals) scored twice each down the stretch. Matt Lafferty converted the Lions' ninth goal and assisted on their sixth and 11th.

Towson trailed 10-4 when it got successive goals from Richie Ford, Brandon Norris and Jason Connor - all during a 60-second span. But at 10-7 with 6:53 to play, the teams then traded goals.

Towson's Dan Decker (one goal) won 12 of the 21 faceoffs against Tyler McIntyre (one goal, two assists) and Dan Keppeler. But Dulaney won four of the five in the third quarter, where it outscored Towson, 4-0.

Dulaney's defense - anchored by Jeff Breeding, Chip Lanser, Tyler Harrison, Aaron Buckheit, Carl Grund and keeper Justin Woodford (nine saves) - was penalized five times in the first half and seven times overall but allowed only three extra-man goals.

Towson's defense, including, Ryan Taguiding, Kyle Spedalere, Brandon Norris, John Mark and Scott Steele, forced several turnovers.

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