Better late than never.
That timeworn adage is fitting for what Dulaney's girls lacrosse team is doing as the regular season winds down and the postseason is looming.
The Lions have knocked off three straight Baltimore County rivals, using a prolific offensive explosion to wallop Loch Raven, 19-10, and Franklin, 20-8, before throwing a defensive blanket over previously unbeaten Hereford in a 10-9 victory.
In that game, the Bulls were held to single-digit goals for the only time so far this season by a defensive group that boasts seniors Lily Widner, Anna Griffith and Lydia Naughton and junior Lucy Hughes doing much of the work in front of senior goalie Jules Dotterweich.
Hereford (10-1) was averaging 15 goals per game until the Lions (6-6) slammed the door, although it took a clutch save in the late going by Dotterweich to pull off the upset.
And it has all been under the stewardship of first-year coach Lauren Iacoboni, who is filling in this spring for Kristi Korrow, out on maternity leave after delivering twins, Bennett (boy) and Brooks (girl) a couple of weeks ago.
"The girls have been adjusting well to the new leadership," Iacoboni said after the Loch Raven game. "But we've kind of kept the same system, so not too much has changed."
Proud grandfather of the twins, Bill Korrow, is still an assistant coach with the team that also features Dulaney alum Lizzy Keeney on the staff.
"We have a great coaching staff," Iacoboni said. "We still like to push the ball in transition. And we like to give them options and be creative, too."
The Lions were all of that against the Raiders after spotting the hosts a 2-1 lead before rolling to a 15-4 halftime advantage while spreading the ball around.
Nine different Lions — Zoe Herman, Maggie Kelly, Julia Strauch, Casie O'Grady, Charlotte Lipstein, Bridget Kelly, Emily Persinger, Tess Valentino and Samantha White — rippled the net against Loch Raven sophomore goalie Catherine Levy (8 saves), who had the misfortune of having the sun shining in her eyes during the onslaught.
Maggie Kelly, who plans to play lacrosse at Lehigh University, said that coming off the win over Hereford did not change the Lions' focus.
"We still wanted to play at the same intensity because anything can happen in a game," she said.
She was one of the reasons why possession time was so lopsided in Dulaney's favor, considering her effort on claiming draws from two pretty tough opponents, Loch Raven junior midfielder Catherine Caldwell and sophomore running mate Julie Rose.
Kelly had help on the circle from White, Griffith, Bridget Kelly and Naughton, among others.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, when Caldwell and Rose were successful in getting the ball, the Lions' backline was adept at causing turnovers.
Fatigue played a part in that issue, considering that Loch Raven coach Rob Persing only had four reserves at his disposal on a very warm day.
"I only have 13 or 14 girls," he said. "So I can't ask any more from them that I'm getting. But you can't turn the ball over that many times against teams like Dulaney, Towson and Hereford and expect to win."
Only in his second year coaching the girls after coaching the boys for a long time, Persing said that in some games he only has one substitute player, yet the team is responding well.
If the showing against Dulaney was not all that memorable, it should also be noted that the Raiders had a strong showing in bowing to highly regarded Catonsville, 12-10.
"Last year we laid the foundation," the former Calvert Hall standout said. "This year we're taking it day by day, and the girls are responding very well."
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Rose (three goals, one assist), sophomore midfielder/attacker Tatum Joyce (three goals, one assist), sophomore attacker Kendall Iwanki (two goals, one assist) and freshman midfielder Amanda Maxwell (one goal) led the Raiders' offense.