C.M. Wright girls play keep away, knock off Dulaney in 4A-3A South final

May 18, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

C. Milton Wright showed Dulaney one of lacrosse's basic rules — it's impossible to score without the ball.

The Mustangs slowed the high-scoring Lions by holding the ball for long stretches. C.M. Wright remained patient on offense, and Kaitlan Moynihan led the Mustangs with five goals and two assists as they beat No. 12 Dulaney, 11-9, in the Class 4A-3A South regional final Wednesday at Franklin.

"Any offense feels a little awkward when they don't touch [it] for awhile," said C.M. Wright coach Brent Ritz. "Ball possession is the key. We've got a young team … and it's been very tough to get it out of them this year — but we did it today."

The game was scheduled to be played at Dulaney, but the rain made the school's field unplayable.

This was the second consecutive year that C.M. Wright (12-3) beat Dulaney (14-3-1) in the region final.

The Mustangs will play in the state semifinals Friday or Saturday at Arundel. They lost to South River in last year's state title game.

Dulaney scored the game's first two goals, and the Mustangs didn't do much early. But then they began to take their time and wait for the good shots. That patience paid off because it seemed to make the Lions rush on offense a bit as time went on.

"We knew if they got the ball, they'd score within seconds," said Moynihan. "We just had faith in each other and knew we could do it."

The key part of the game was when C.M. Wright scored six consecutive goals and held Dulaney without a score for nearly 24 minutes.

Those six straight goals — the last three coming on the team's first three shots of the second half — gave the Mustangs a 6-2 lead with 21:56 left, and although Kara Burke (six goals, one assist) tried to rally the Lions, they never got closer than two goals.

Moynihan scored three of her five goals in the second half. Megan Will (three goals, one assist) and goalie Rebecca Muscella (10 saves) also contributed to the win. Muscella made a number of tough saves on close shots.

But the Lions simply weren't able to get enough good shots, mostly because they didn't have possession for long periods of time.

"They kept possession," said Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow."They had possession for five minutes at a time. They worked hard all over the field."

Class 4A-3A South regional final

(at Franklin)

C.M. Wright 11, Dulaney 9

Goals: C- Moynihan 5, Will 3, Gallagher 2, LeBrun; D- Burke 6, Hanley 2, Brown. Assists: C- Moynihan 2, Will; D- Burke. Saves: C- Muscella 10; D- Meegan 6, Elmer 2. Half: C, 3-2.

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