The Catonsville girls lacrosse team celebrates after beating… (Steve Ruark, Patuxent Publishing )
For the second time in three days, Catonsville's girls lacrosse team enjoyed a convincing victory over Dulaney.
Senior Rachel Schwaab scored six goals and added two assists and junior Deb Milani added four goals and two assists as the Comets upended the Lions, 18-12, in the Baltimore County championship game Saturday at Franklin.
Catonsville (13-1) raced to a 6-0 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back as the lead expanded to 14-4 by halftime.
Dulaney (9-6) was led by Kenzie Brown (2 goals, 5 assists) and Melissa Webster (4 goals).
"In the beginning, we were rough," Brown said. "I guess our heads weren't in it."
Catonsville was in it from the opening whistle, thanks to the excellent work of Milani in the draw circle.
"When we got the ball on attack, we were scoring, but their draw control was huge," Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow said. "We just dug ourselves a big hole."
The Lions' closest threat in the first half came when they scored three unanswered tallies after Catonsville's six-spot. Webster scored the first and Brown assisted Cara Henning for the next two.
But Schwaab beat three defenders to push the lead to 7-3 and used her patented crease roll from behind bump the lead back to five.
"It depends where the defender is," Schwaab said of the move. "You can go either way, so it's kind of like an improvisation once you do it, and then everybody else knows where to go. So, when they clear out it opens up for me really nice."
Dulaney double-teammed Schwaab in the second half, but by then it was too late.
"We didn't do that much in the first half because we didn't realized how much of a threat she was until she started scoring the goals," said Brown, a club lacrosse team of Schwaab's.
The game was moved up an hour so the Comets could get to their junior prom on time, and they were ready.
"We were also ready because of last year when they beat us twice," Schwaab said.
The upcoming prom obviously didn't hinder the play of Milani, who had scored nine goals in a 16-7 regular-season victory over the Lions.
Juniors Claudia Flister (1 goal, 2 assists) and Rachel Saks (1 goal), senior Kendall Law (2 goals, 1 assist), freshmen Lauren McDonald (2 goals) and Jenn Nonn (2 goals) also chipped in Saturday.
"They are a nice team," Korrow said. "They are athletic, and they are fast."
Defensively, seniors Heather Kendrick and Olivia Nicolaus, junior Maddie Hunt and sophomore Anna Higdon were stellar in front of Catonsville goalie Grace Campbell (7 saves).
Dulaney goalie Juliann Elmer finished with 13 saves.
The Comets were coached by assistant Katie Muth because head coach Becky Clipp missed the game for her mother's wedding.
"Since Becky wasn't here, we just depended on each other," Schwaab said. "Katie was really good, too."
Goals: Rachel Schwaab 6, Deb Milani 4, Lauren McDonald 2, Kendall Law 2, Jenn Nonn 2, Claudia Flister 1, Rachel Saks 1.
Assists: Milani 2, Flister 2, Law 1, Schwaab 1, McDonald 1, Brooke Stevens 1.
Goals: Melissa Webster 4, Kenzie Brown 2, Cara Henning 2, Sara Del Bene 1, Shannon McKew 1, Kaeili O'Connor 1, Ali Collie 1.
Assists: Brown 5.
Half: C, 14-4