Since the early days of summer practice, Dulaney first-year field hockey coach Kellie Fialcowitz said her team has struggled going to the ball with intensity.
Dulaney dispelled that notion Friday afternoon against Maryvale.
The Lions turned up the offensive pressure and edged Maryvale, 3-2, in its season opener in Timonium.
Cristina Lopez, Sara Sprinkel, Sarah Schaeffier scored for Dulaney."We had the fire," Fialcowitz said. "We wanted the ball and got the ball. They were hungry and wanted to win the game. Maryvale is a great team, but we just had a little more than they did today."
Sprinkel, a senior defender, had the game-winner with 8:20 remaining, knocking a hard shot past goalie Natalie Borelli on penalty corner that was started by Schaeffler.
Maryvale (1-1) threatended to tie it in the final seconds, but goalie Kalie Paranzino turned aside Miranda Ibello's shot from right side just inside the 16-yard circle.
"I think we played with more aggressiveness and intensity in the second half," Maryvale coach Michelle Thaniel. "We came out flat in the first half."Maryvale made it 2-2 with 22:30 remaining in the second half on Cara Baldwin's goal.
Dulaney scored only 30 seconds in the second half as Lopez found the back of the cage on a feed from Schaeffler.
Dulaney also started the first half strong and controlled things.
The winners had a sequence of four penalty corners before Schaeffler scored late in the period.
"We just wanted to start the season with a win and we didn't care who it was," said Fialcowitz, whose team held an advantage in penalty corners (14-6) and shots (13-7). "We want to prove ourselves as a force in Baltimore County."