C. Milton Wright gave Dundalk a rude introduction to the regional playoffs yesterday by routing the Owls, 16-3, in a Class 4A-3A, Region III girls lacrosse semifinal at Harford Community College.
The third-seeded Owls (5-8) -- making their first appearance in the regionals -- didn't have the speed or experience to contend with playoff veteran C. Milton Wright (13-0).
"Their stickwork was better, and their defense was very fast," said Dundalk coach Sandy Magsamen. "We had some good ideas that we didn't capitalize on, but that's been our problem all season long."
Once the Mustangs got their passing game rolling, the Owls were powerless to stop it. The Harford County champs jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed.
Sara Pokrywka scored two and Julie Jakum and Stacey Milton added one each in the early run.
The Owls could get no closer than within three after scoring two of the next three goals. Jenny Stahl flipped in a ground ball in front of the crease to put the Owls on the board and Erin Funk ran in to score after Kelly Carneal found her on a long pass from the defensive end.
Pokrywka, a speedy attack wing who led the Mustangs with four goals and an assist, sandwiched a free-position goal between the two Owls goals. The Mustangs took a 5-2 lead into halftime.
Then the floodgates opened. The Mustangs controlled most of the draws and seemed to connect on every pass as they scored nine straight in a 16-minute romp to a 14-2 lead.
While the Mustangs' offense shelled Dundalk keeper Alicia Abad with 23 second-half shots, the defense limited the Owls to just four.
In addition to Pokrywka's four goals, the Mustangs also got four from Jakum, three from Milton and two from Willow Waldrop. Amanda McCulloch, Allyson Murphy and Kim Dribnack scored one each.
The Mustangs advance to the regional final where they will meet Perry Hall, the team that has knocked C. Milton Wright out of the regionals the last two years. The top-seeded Gators (12-2) won the other Region III semifinal, 18-7, over Parkville yesterday.