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Proefrock lifts Dulaney field hockey past Old Mill in Class 4A region final

Dulaney's Casey Proefrock did something Wednesday she had not done this field hockey season. The junior midfielder scored.

Proefrock delivered with a hard shot to the left corner to give the Lions a 1-0 victory over Old Mill with 1:37 remaining in overtime in the Class 4A North Region field hockey championship game at Meadowood Regional Park in Lutherville.

Senior Sara Sprinkel set up the goal, crossing the ball from the left side to the right side to Profrock, who scored from 15 yards out. 

That teamwork advances Dulaney (12-3) on to the state semifinals, where the Lions will play Wootton at Broadneck High in Annapolis on Monday.

"I just had a feeling it was going in," Proefrock said. "We all deserved this, and I am so proud of everybody on this team. We have worked so hard all season. We really have the heart and passion for this sport. We can't wait to play again."

Old Mill (13-3) had most of the prime scoring chances in overtime, but junior goalie Kalie Paranzino made five saves in the extra session, including three consecutive stops in one flurry.

Paranzino finished with 13 saves to record her seventh straight shutout.

The defense of Lauren Batlas, Katie Boltz, Sprinkel and Emma O'Grady is playing well in front of her.

"Our goalie is on key right now," Dulaney first-year coach Kellie Fialcowitz said. "She's had some huge saves the last couple of games and taken some hard shots in games that have really mattered." 

Old Mill's domination in the 10-minute overtime — a 6-1 advantage in shots — may have been a mild surprise.

Dulaney held an 9-3 advantage in penalty corners in 60 minutes of regulation.

"They were very physical, I thought, and had a lot of great athletes," Old Mill coach Heather Arnold said. "They really went to the ball. At first, we were a little bit intimidated and had to take a step back."

[ Editor's Note: A previous version of this article misspelled Dulaney midfielder Casey Proefrock's name. ]

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