Dulac leads McDonogh to IAAM A cross country title

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Mount de Sales wins 'B' championship, Glenelg Country takes 'C' crown

South River tops Chesapeake-AA, 3-1, in 4A East girls soccer quarterfinal

November 01, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Madeline Dulac and McDonogh suffered bad luck at last year's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship. But everything changed this time around.

Dulac beat two-time defending champion Elizabeth Tauber of John Carroll in Monday's title meet at Oregon Ridge Park, making a bold mid-race move that gave the McDonogh senior control. That victory helped the third-ranked Eagles edge Archbishop Spalding to win the IAAM A Conference team title.

Dulac took third last year while battling the aftereffects of swine flu, and McDonogh lost to John Carroll by just three points. This year, Dulac's victory helped the Eagles edge Spalding, 56-61, to take the championship.

The senior pulled away from everyone and won the race in 18 minutes, 46 seconds. She easily beat runner-up Ellie Gonzalez of Catholic (19:10), and Tauber fell to third in 19:28.

"I thought [Tauber] was going to break me at different points," Dulac said. "I knew I needed to break away from the pack. I had to start making my move real early."

Jo Baird (third among A Conference runners), Miranda Beale (11th), Maggie Gill (20th) and Anna Reinhart (21st) were the other top McDonogh runners, whose effort delighted coach Jeff Sanborn.

"We came to run today," Sanborn said.

Spalding has been coming on in recent weeks and gave the Eagles a fight. The Cavaliers placed five runners in the top 19 — Erin Beherns (fifth among A Conference runners), Cara McNellis (ninth), Elisa Heacock (12th), Caitlin Anson (16th) and Emily Chaundy (19th).

Mount de Sales won the B Conference title, finishing with 35 points to easily beat Bryn Mawr (69). Freshman Jessica Harris was the top B Conference runner and paced Mount de Sales.

Glenelg Country School took the C Conference crown, also getting 35 points for a victory over Annapolis Area Christian School (47). The Dragons placed four runners in the top seven of the C Conference.

Girls soccer

South River wasn't taking any chances in the second half of Monday's Class 4A East regional quarterfinal against Anne Arundel County-rival Chesapeake.

In the regular-season game, the No. 9 Seahawks came away with a one-goal win, and the playoff rematch was taking the same tight form with the teams even at halftime.

That all changed in a hurry after intermission with some fine finishing from the host Seahawks, who got goals from Anna D'Ambra and Casey Longo in for a 3-1 win over the Cougars.

South River (13-1-2) advances to play Tuesday's Annapolis-Leonardtown winner in the semifinals later in the week, while Chesapeake ends a strong season with an 11-4 mark.

With the score tied at 1, D'Ambra fired a left-footed blast from the top of the penalty area in the first minute of the second half to give the Seahawks the lead for good. Longo scored an insurance goal seven minutes later, and the Seahawks protected the lead with continued pressure and strong defense.

"For the second half, coach John [Sis] told us to pressure the ball and work on playing a full 80 minutes, so we came out and had a good team effort. We all pulled it together and pressured hard," D'Ambra said.

Each team scored a nifty goal in the first half to go into the intermission tied at 1.

Jennifer LaBarge provided the Seahawks with the lead in the 15th minute when she settled a cross in front sent in by D'Ambra, turned and fired a left-footed shot from 14 yards that found the top-left corner.

The home team saw a number of scoring chances go high or wide to add to the lead before the Cougars were able to equalize on a goal by Ashley Reilly with 6:59 to play in the first half.

Reilly made a nice diagonal run to collect a through ball from Nikki Forrester on the left, beat a defender and then pushed the ball past drawn out goalie Nicole Greig before placing a shot to the opposite corner.

— Glenn Graham

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