Catonsville High scored seven unanswered goals in the first half and 14 of 15 overall while building a 16-3 lead on its way to a 16-11 girls lacrosse victory over Dulaney on a rainy Monday night at Catonsville.
“This is the best I’ve seen them play,” Catonsville coach Becky Clipp Cassilly said. “This was a huge win. This is what we needed for our confidence.”
Senior Brooke Stevens led a strong Catonsville attack with three goals and four assists.
Her younger sister, freshman Brittany Stevens, had four goals and junior Lauren McDonald added three goals and one assist.
“Brooke Stevens was awesome,” Cassilly said. "She was so focused. She’s been having some ups and downs, but she has always been the glue to the attack, even when her shots weren’t falling, and today they were falling.”
The game, a rematch of the 2013 Class 4A North Region title game won by Catonsville, was tied 2-2 with 14:16 left in the first half, after goals by Dulaney’s Ali Collie (game-high 5 goals) and Madison Hine erased a 2-0 deficit.
But with Catonsville center Jenn Nonn leading the way on the draws, the Comets dominated time of possession and scored seven straight goals in the next 9:40 for a 9-2 lead.
Nonn and the Comets (5-6 overall, 5-4 in state standings) won 6 of 7 draws during the scoring spurt.
“We struggled with the draw controls,” Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow said. “We were not aggressive enough in that first half.”
Catonsville broke the 2-2 deadlock when McDonald fed Brooke Stevens from behind the goal with 10:20 remaining in the half.
McDonald added a free position score with 9:01 left, and 14 seconds later, freshman Trinity McPherson gathered a ground ball after a draw and made it 5-2.
Nonn (2 assists) assisted Stevens for the first of her back-to back goals, the second of which came on a nifty spin move.
McPherson assisted Brittany Stevens and Brooke Stevens assisted her younger sister to close out the scoring run with 41 seconds left until intermission.
“Once we scored all the goals I think our team gets pumped up and we were all playing well together as a team and the defense made a lot of big stops, which led to a lot of goals,” Brooke Stevens said.
That defense included seniors Chloe Corbitt, Maddie Schwaab and Madi Lazorchak, sophomore Lila Nazarian and freshman Kayla Wood in front of sophomore goalie Savannah Cheuvront.
“Defensively, they were stopping the ball,” Cassilly said. “They were doubling when they should have been doubling and they were getting a lot of turnovers and the goalie stepped up.”
The offense continued to click in the second half.
Brooke Stevens assisted McDonald from behind for the first Catonsville goal of the second half.
“She (Brooke) was working with Lauren and she worked with her sister well,” Cassilly noted. “It was beautiful. Everyone was getting involved.”
The sister act made it 11-3 and Andrea McTaggart scored the 12th and assisted McDonald for a 13-3 lead and running clock with 21:10 left to play.
Kelsey Scott, McPherson and McTaggart finished the scoring for the Comets, who rested several starters after building the lead to 16-3 with 13 minutes remaining.
Dulaney (4-5) came alive in the final 10 minutes, scoring eight consecutive goals to end the game.
Kendall Crawford started the uprising and Kaitlyn Dabkowski, Emma O’Grady and Collie scored to make it 16-7 with 5:37 remaining.
Collie assisted Melanie Gandy and then scored the next three to close the gap to five, but it was too late.
“We didn’t show urgency until late,” said Korrow, who hopes the late outburst will help them if they meet the Comets again in the regional playoffs. “I certainly hope so because we’ve got a good possibility of seeing them again. They are a good squad. The girls, I think, recognized they can do better. They can execute better than they did in that first half.”
Catonsville’s Cassilly hopes her team can execute like they did in the first 30 minutes when they play at home against Mount de Sales on Tuesday and play at Perry Hall on Wednesday.
“This was great. I’m really proud of them,” Cassilly said.