Lions player suffers neck injury in win

Culloty treated, released from Shock Trauma

No. 11 Dulaney 14 Hereford 4

Boys Lacrosse

April 06, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Dulaney sophomore midfielder Matt Culloty suffered a neck injury on a hit by a defender in a Baltimore County lacrosse game against visiting Hereford yesterday.

Culloty was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released last night. He will wear a neck brace through the weekend and be re-evaluated Monday, his father, Brian, said.

"Matt's moving his hands and feet. The CT scan came back normal. There doesn't appear to be any broken bones or anything," Brian Culloty said. "He's got a bad headache and he'll be a little sore."

After Culloty suffered the injury, which occurred with 5:42 remaining in the game, officials and both coaches agreed to end the game, giving No. 11 Dulaney a 14-4 victory.

Culloty, 16, lay motionless for 20 minutes while Dulaney coach Jake Reed, an emergency medical technician and others questioned him to determine if he could speak and if he had feeling and movement in his fingers and toes.

Culloty was covered with jackets for protection against the unseasonably cold conditions, but his helmet was not removed until just before he was stabilized on a backboard stretcher and taken by ambulance to shock trauma, Reed said.

"This is a heck of a way for a game to end. You hate to see anyone injured in that manner," said Hereford coach Carl Runk, whose Bulls are 3-1. "We just hope everything is OK with the youngster and that he responds in a healthy manner."

Eric Keppeler (two goals, three assists), Jeff Santo (three, one), Mike Colonell (three, one), Nikk Davis (two goals), Tim Webster (two goals) and Spencer Martin (one, one) led Dulaney, whose 13-5 advantage in faceoffs was sparked by Davis and Ben Trapp.

Before last May's 7-6 loss to Franklin ended Dulaney's 73-game winning streak against county opponents, the Bulls had been the last league team to defeat the Lions, winning, 10-6, in May 1999.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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