No. 14 Catonsville had fewer scoring chances than Dulaney in their field hockey game Thursday, but the visiting Comets fared better at converting theirs and came away with the victory.
Brooke Stevens had one goal and two assists as Catonsville took an early two-goal lead before holding off a rally from the unranked Lions to lock up a 4-2 victory in a Baltimore County game.
Catonsville (6-1) took the lead just over two minutes into the game, stretched it to two later in the first half and added two goals in the second half. Dulaney twice cut the lead to one and consistently pushed the ball into the Comets' circle, but Catonsville hung on.
"They played hard," Catonsville coach Carrie McKenna-Wilson said. "We kept coming to the ball, and when we got in the circle, we [finished]."
Meghan Sadler, Emma Clark and Taylor Hornfeck each scored once for the Comets. Catherine Sweeney added two assists, the final coming on a nice pass to Stevens that the senior knocked into an open cage for a 4-2 lead with 18.4 seconds left.
Sadler scored the opening goal 2:14 into the game. Clark made it 2-0 by re-directing a pass from Stevens out of the air and into the goal with 7:23 left in the half even though Dulaney (5-4) had already started finding the scoring chances.
The Lions kept up the pressure, but Catonsville goalie Vanessa Tracy (13 saves) made a number of good saves, and the Comets' defense broke up several chances in the circle.
"We knew that they were going to come back," Stevens said. "We knew we needed more."
Dulaney finally broke through when Liza Slavin scored with 76 seconds left in the half, making it 2-1. The Lions had more chances again early in the second half, but Hornfeck's goal with 18:58 left gave Catonsville another two-goal lead.
Dulaney again kept working, though, cutting the margin to 3-2 when Cristina Lopez's long shot from the top of the circle snaked its way in. But the Comets kept stopping the Lions, and Stevens' goal sealed the win.
"As long as we were ready with our sticks down [in the circle], we were good," said Catonsville's Kelly Reymann, who led the solid defense in close.
Dulaney goalie Kalie Paranzino (11 saves) also played well, but that early two-goal hole proved too much.
"That put us on our heels a little bit," Dulaney coach Kellie Fialcowitz said. "We had plenty of chances to score. We just couldn't finish."
No. 14 Catonsville 4, Dulaney 2
Goals: C—Sadler, Clark, Hornfeck, Stevens; D—Slavin, Lopez.
Assists: C—Stevens 2, Sweeney 2; D—Schaeffler.
Saves: C—Tracy 13; D—Paranzino 11.
Half: C, 2-1.