No. 6 Dulaney may have had revenge on its mind yesterday in its game against Perry Hall. Or the Lions may have been more comfortable playing on their large field, rather than the Gators' smaller one.
Whatever the reason, the final score said it all:
Dulaney 10, Perry Hall 0.
Just two weeks after losing to the Gators in overtime, the host Lions more than evened the score, dominating the game from start to finish to clinch the Baltimore County 3A-4A League title.
The win sends Dulaney (10-1, 9-0) into Saturday's county championship game against 1A-2A champion Loch Raven, tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Loch Raven.
Poised for vindication from the outset, Dulaney outshot Perry Hall, 33-7, including 18-1 in the second half.
Lions coach Kathy Schmidt said it was just what her team needed after its shocking 5-4 loss to the Gators.
"There is no question that this is something they simply had to do," said Schmidt, whose team has outscored opponents 114-10. "They had to prove they were capable of winning like this."
Schmidt denied running up the score, pointing out that injuries and illnesses left her with only two substitutes. She said she also needed to give her top players ample playing time before the regional playoffs.
"With the games we potentially have coming up in the next two weeks, that was essential," said Schmidt.
Alison Schuch led the onslaught with four goals. Abby Bausman added three and Aimee Vaughan, Paige Young and Julie Green had one each.
In a season full of lopsided victories, Vaughan said that this one was the sweetest.
"We were excited about this game," said Vaughan. "We just knew that if we ran through every ball and played aggressively the entire game that we'd win."
For Perry Hall (10-3, 10-2), though, the mood was quite different. After going undefeated in league play for much of the season, the Gators lost twice in the last week.
"We just didn't come to play today," said coach Patrick Sokoloski. "We came out flat, and when they got up on us a couple goals we basically quit. We can play with Dulaney, but we didn't today."