Dulaney repeats as 4A-3A champ

Worthington's 12 saves lift Lions over Falcons as defense stands tall

Dulaney 11 Severna Park 9

Girls lacrosse

May 25, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

Dulaney girls lacrosse goalie MaKenzie Worthington has a love-hate relationship with free-position shots. In last night's state Class 4A-3A state final, she hated them in the first half and loved them later on.

Worthington made 12 saves, including five against free-position shots, as the No. 6 Lions defeated No. 8 Severna Park, 11-9, for their second straight Class 4A-3A championship at UMBC.

The Lions defense took awhile to adjust to their height and strength advantage against most of the Severna Park attackers. In the first half, their fouls put the Falcons on the 8-meter arc seven times, and the Falcons made four of them.

"Our girls play very aggressive defense," Lions coach Kristi Korrow said. "There was definitely a physical difference. Some of their attackers were a little bit smaller and our girls were getting caught leaning, so we talked about staying low and body position."

Worthington did her best to clean up the free-position shots, but the Falcons scored six of their eight goals from 8 meters.

"I like to have them take a step out [to 8 meters rather than shoot from close range]," said Worthington, a junior. "All their 8-meter shots were going low, so we caught on."

In the second half, the Lions cut down on the fouls, and Worthington stopped three of five free-position shots. That helped the Lions break away from a 4-4 halftime tie with a 4-1 opening run.

Blair King and Kristen Horsman scored in the first minute of the half and the Lions (16-2) never again trailed.

"That gave them a lot of momentum," said Falcons senior Danielle Ensley. "They took those two goals and kept on going. They were getting the ground balls. They were outhustling us. They were doing everything we wanted to do."

Horsman had a terrific defensive steal that led to a free-position goal by Mary Heneberry, and Meghan Frederick added a free-position goal to give the Lions an 8-5 lead with 13:37 left.

The Falcons pulled within 8-7 on goals from Kaitlyn Fuller and Shayna Stearns. After a Dulaney timeout, the Lions put the game away with goals from King, Holly Batton and Hollis Burman.

Worthington made a couple of key saves in the last five minutes as the Falcons (16-4) closed the gap to two on Julie Gardner's third goal with 1:48 to go.

The Falcons, who won the last of their six state titles in 2001 over the Lions, took one more shot in the game than Dulaney, but the Lions controlled 11 of 13 second--half draws.

For Severna Park coach Carin Peterson, the difference was simple: "The bottom line is we struggled," she said. "You can't make that many mistakes and think that a good team like Dulaney is not going to capitalize on them."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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