Memories of two bad losses last season to Dulaney, and a berth in the Baltimore County championship game, were motivators for Catonsville senior Rachel Schwaab in the Comets' 16-7 win Thursday night.
"I think we were psyched because the counties were at stake, but, because we lost to Dulaney twice last year (including the county championship) and got blown out twice, that was a huge factor," said Schwaab, who collected two goals and two assists.
Schwaab's biggest play came with the Comets (13-1) clinging to a 5-3 lead with under eight minutes left until halftime.
Dulaney goalie Juliann Elmer came out of the crease on an attempted clear, but Schwaab stripped the ball and got the turnover and quickly fed Kendall Law.
Law hit junior Deb Milani in stride and she deposited the first of her game-high nine goals with 7:42 left.
Schwaab and Brooke Stevens added goals before halftime for an 8-3 lead and the Comets added eight more in the second half for the victory.
"That was huge," Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said of Schwaab's hustle play. "Some defenders don't want the ball in their stick and we take advantage of that."
"Our ride is really important to us so we maintain possession and that was just a good play because people were cutting and everyone was in the right spot," said Schwaab, who will play at Temple University next year.
Dulaney took a 2-1 lead in the first 10 minutes on a goal by Kenzie Brown (three goals) and assist from Brown to Cara Henning, before Schwaab struck with the tying tally on a roll from behind the goal.
A point blank save by Catonsville goalie Grace Campbell (10 saves) led to Lauren McDonald's goal with 12:24 left for a 3-2 lead.
Nine seconds later, Milani won the draw and sprinted for a score. Schwaab assisted Law for a 5-2 lead less than a minute later.
Sarah Dorl ( two goals) stemmed the tide for Dulaney, but Schwaab's defensive check in the offensive zone changed the momentum for the rest of the game.
Dulaney (9-5) could face the Comets again in the Baltimore County title game on Saturdaybut it may have to emerge from a three-team tie breaker for the second slot with Towson and Hereford.
The game is slated for 4 p.m., but may be moved up because of Catonsville High's junior prom that evening.
Goals: Deb Milani 9, Lauren McDonald 2, Rachel Schwaab 2, Brooke Stevens 1, Kendall Law 1. Assists: Schwaab 2, Law 2.
Goals: Kenzie Brown 3, Sarah Dorl 2, Cara Henning 1, Corinne Wood 1.
Assists: Melissa Webster 1, Brown 1.