Dulaney streak grows: 52 county wins in row

Hoff's 7 goals, 2 assists lead depleted Lions to 14-7 win over Pikesville

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 09, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Joel Tracy, then 12, watched from Dulaney High's stands when it happened - a four-goal defeat by Hereford in May 1999. It was the last time the Lions lost to a Baltimore County rival in boys lacrosse.

"I remember my brother, [All-Metro defender] Josh, was on the bench with a sprained ankle. ... I remember seeing that Dulaney lost," said Tracy, now 18 and a Lions leader. "I remember that day, yes, I do. I remember it vividly."

Yesterday, Tracy and teammates on Dulaney's temporarily depleted squad made sure it didn't happen again, winning the county opener for both teams, 14-7, over visiting Pikesville.

The win was the Lions' 52nd straight over Baltimore County opponents.

Senior All-Metro attackman Ryan Hoff scored seven goals and assisted on two, junior Matt Lafferty scored three times, Andrew Fisher had two goals and assists, and sophomore Nikk Davis had three assists for the Lions (2-2), who led 9-5 at halftime.

They never allowed the Panthers closer than three goals after taking a 6-2 first-quarter lead.

Steven Plimack's three goals led Pikesville (2-1), the defending Class 2A-1A state champion. Alex Shapiro and Bradley Gaber each had a goal and an assist, and goalie Justin Weitzman made 12 saves for the Panthers.

"We're well aware of the [winning] tradition, and we came out with that in mind," said Tracy, who scored once and keyed Dulaney's 16-to-9 advantage in faceoffs. "Today, it was all about that tradition and not letting it get away."

The Lions are without six key players who are serving a one-month suspension for violating the school's code of conduct for athletes. But Hoff said the absence of the players, who can return on April 18, has opened the door for others to "step up and make plays."

"Our motto has been no excuses - stop worrying about what will happen when the other guys come back," said Hoff, who scored three times in Thursday's overtime, non-league loss to No. 11 Severn. "Before the game, I told them to take yesterday's loss out on these guys.

"We've got some young guys who are playing their hearts out on defense, scoring goals, getting assists."

Freshmen Jay Mann and Eric Keppler, as well as juniors Tim Purcell and Augie Bauer, were among those who performed well in Dulaney's midfield.

Baltimore County has split the strongest programs into two six-team conferences, with the winner of each playing for the county title. Dulaney, Class 3A-2A state runner-up Towson, Eastern Tech, Kenwood, Parkville and Perry Hall make up the East Conference. Pikesville, Catonsville, Franklin, Hereford, Loch Raven and Owings Mills make up the West.

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