Lions' streak ends at 73

Dulaney suffers 1st loss to county team since 1999 as Indians win title

Franklin 7 Dulaney 6

Boys Lacrosse


Tommy Montanye beat his defender on a 20-yard solo run before firing his second goal of the game past keeper Geoff Hebert with six seconds left as visiting, unranked Franklin avenged an earlier loss by dethroning No. 10 Dulaney, 7-6, for the Baltimore County boys lacrosse title last night.

Montanye's goal ended a 73-game winning streak against county teams by the defending 4A-3A state champion Lions (12-3) - one that dated to a 10-6 loss against Hereford in May 1999. That defeat also was Dulaney's last setback against a county team on its home field.

This year's Lions had won 10 straight, including a 14-5 rout of Franklin (11-1) on April 26. Franklin trailed 6-4 with 3:05 to play. But Montanye's scoring sprint, which started with 14 seconds left, ended a three-goal run and a game that featured six ties and five lead changes.

"Their defense was tough all game, but I made a quick roll and got the ball off," said Montanye, who also brought the Indians within 6-5 with 1:10 to play. "We were upset about not playing well the last time."

Franklin's Jesse Headley (three goals, one assist) had made it 6-6 on a 15-yarder with 17 seconds remaining. Matt Higgins (one goal, two assists), Matt Woods (one goal) and David Borcik (one assist) also contributed.

"The night before we played them the last time, we had a tough game with Loch Raven," said Headley, whose team trailed 2-1 at halftime. "This time we were fresher and we showed they're not invincible."

Franklin keeper Geordy Clements (13 saves) played well behind defenders David Cutair, Jamie Kane, Jeff Tarleton, Jake Rosenthal and Zach Scherr, contributing to a 1-0 first-quarter lead.

Nikk Davis (two goals), Andrew Fisher (one goal, two assists) and Eric Keppeler (two assists) led Dulaney. Hebert made 19 saves for the Lions, whose 6-4 lead was the result of a three-goal run.

"We had already beat them, but that's no excuse for not beating this team again," said Lions defender Jeff Breeding. "Every year, the pressure builds to defend the streak, and you don't want to be on the team that doesn't."

Hank Nathan contributed to this article.

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