Dulaney gets title rematch vs. Hereford

Lions edge Towson, 1-0, for spot in county final

Lenz scores with 6:50 left

Field hockey

October 19, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Perhaps the loudest celebration came from Dulaney's defense yesterday after the No. 14 Lions field hockey team edged No. 6 Towson, 1-0, for the second time this season.

The host Lions fought off 16 Towson penalty corners and goalie Kathleen Smith made a diving save with about a minute remaining in the game to preserve the victory and a return trip to the Baltimore County championship game.

By winning their regular-season finale, the Lions (9-2-1, 7-0 division) clinched the top spot in the county's 4A-3A division, earning a title-game rematch with defending champion and No. 11 Hereford on Thursday night at 6:30 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

"Getting back to the county championship has been great motivation for us," said Dulaney defender Tricia Bull. "Hereford has beaten us four times in the past two years and they've beaten us twice this season [including one scrimmage]. We really wanted to play them under the lights."

Meghan Lenz, who also scored the only goal in the earlier non-league meeting, made sure the Lions would get their rematch with Hereford. The junior forward scored the game-winner on a feed from Anne-Marie Biser with 6:50 left in the game.

Smith, however, added the finishing touch for the Lions with her fifth save, diving to her left to deflect a shot from hard-hitting Generals forward Lacey Mahle.

"That was a great save, because that was going in," Bull said. "We were really relieved when [the game] was finally over."

Towson's Julie Stiltz managed another shot in the waning seconds, but the Lions' defense blocked it as Smith got tangled up on the ground with a Lions attacker.

The Generals (8-2-2, 5-1-1) kept the Lions' defense busy in the second half when they had 10 of their 16 penalty corners. The Lions proved up to the challenge as defenders Bull, Holly Batton, Megan Armstrong and Kristen Horsman cleared away most of the Generals' attempts and limited them to eight shots for the game.

"I was pleased with our play, especially in the second half," said Towson coach Holly West. "I thought we dominated play in the second half; however, you can't have 16 corners and not score a goal."

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