CATONSVILLE -- Broadneck was the one team countians felt could prevent Dulaney from winning its fourth Class 4A/3A boys lacrosse state title -- and thus end the Lions' dominance over local contingents.
Over the past three years, Arundel, Annapolis and North County stepped up to challenge the Lions. All three came away disappointed losers.
After yesterday's state title game, however, for the first time since losing to Arundel in 1988, Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber stood near his bench before his disappointed players, delivering a losing speech after the Bruins' 10-7 victory.
"It was bound to happen sooner or later," said Schreiber, watching as Bruins' coach Clay White basked amid his swarming players.
Scoring leaders John Hanna (four goals, one assist), Neil Jackson (three goals), Greg Jackson (one goal, three assists) and Steve Bruso (four assists) led the Bruins (16-2) offensively.
Defensively, Alex Irmler, Thad Holsberg and Dave Britton stymied Dulaney's high-powered offense of Brad Berzins (42 goals, 36 assists), Greg Ponzoli (29, 37), Mason Ray (32, 29) and Matt Steil (28, 22).
"There were a lot of teams that got a lot more ink than we did this year, but we did our talking on the field today," said White, whose Bruins won the Class A title in 1987.
Broadneck had stood up to Maryland Scholastic Association powers St. Mary's and Severn in regular-season losses and in a scrimmage loss to MSA champion St. Paul's.
"[St. Paul's coach] Mitch Whiteley told me after our scrimmage that he thought we could beat Dulaney," White said. "We proved ourselves all year long, and did it again today."
Broadneck broke open a game that was tied four times -- including 5-5 to start the final period -- by outscoring Dulaney, 4-0, for a 9-5 lead with 5:16 left in the game. Greg Jackson scored the go-ahead goal from in close on an extra-man opportunity, then assisted Jason Hull with 8:50 remaining for a 7-5 lead.
Hanna then collected a loose ball in Broadneck territory, raced into the Dulaney defense, and found Neil Jackson, who made it 8-5, before scoring his final goal of the day on a pass from Greg Jackson.
Ponzoli scored twice to cut it to 9-7 with 3:41 left, but Bruso fed Mike Strohman for the game's final goal at 2:30, and Broadneck ran out the clock.
"We wanted to score 10 goals and keep them below six," said Hanna, who has 25 goals and six assists this year. "We figured we'd keep it close, then explode on them."
Broadneck led, 1-0, just 14 seconds into the game. After losing the faceoff, Bruso jarred the ball from a Dulaney player near the Lions' box, raced in and fed Neil Jackson.
But Dulaney's offense answered at 7:15 as Tim Speno scored the tying goal, and Mason Ray put the Lions (12-2) ahead, 2-1. Neil Jackson appeared to have scored the equalizer, but it was disallowed on a screen violation, and the Lions took their lead into the second period.
At 8:14 of the second period, Greg Jackson relayed to John Hanna, who slipped a low bouncer past keeper Scott Gobell, but the Bruins didn't capitalize on a 30-second extra-man opportunity, while the Lions' scoring leader Brad Berzins did.
Berzins tallied with 3:17 left, after a one-minute slashing penalty against the Bruins, then took an assist from Ray to put the Lions up, 4-2, just 1:05 before halftime.
"We figured we were still in the game, as long as we bore down in the end," said Broadneck keeper Brian Peterson (10 saves). "We saw they had a high-powered offense, but we had guys who could score, and we figured we could stop theirs."
Broadneck cut it to 4-3 just 12 seconds into the third period, after Bruso won the faceoff, split several defenders and found Neil Jackson. At 9:03, Bruso assisted Hanna to tie the game for the third time at 4-4, but Ponzoli put the Lions ahead, 5-4, taking a pass from Speno with 5:23 left.
Greg Jackson (32 goals, 36 assists) knotted the game by feeding Hanna, who was waiting on the crease for an easy goal.