The Dulaney boys lacrosse team wasn't trying to embarrass Woodlawn when it defeated the Warriors 30-0 earlier this season.
Nor were the Lions trying to make any more enemies in Baltimore County when handing Franklin, Patapsco and Randallstown 26-0 losses.
Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber said he doesn't like the lopsided margins any more than the coaches and players on the losing end, but he realizes his players are simply trying to stay focused for 40 minutes -- something they will need to do this week when they play cross-town rival Towson and Class 4A nemesis Perry Hall.
"No matter who we're playing, I always tell myself we're playing ++ against Towson and Perry Hall and it helps me stay focused," said attackman Booth Farwell. "The competition in our league isn't that great so our record doesn't really say much, but I think it looks pretty prosperous for us this year because we're playing much more as a team. I think this is our year."
Like all of Dulaney's starters, Farwell usually is replaced in the second half of the blowouts, but despite his limited minutes, the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior has managed to rack up 19 goals and 21 assists.
If Baltimore County follows through with its proposal to realign its leagues with the stronger -- and not necessarily bigger -- schools in one conference and the schools with perennially weaker teams in another, Farwell's numbers could go down next season, but Schreiber is confident the parity will help his team in future playoffs.
"When you play a weak schedule, you have a hard time finding out what your weaknesses are and I know we have some," said Schreiber, whose Lions are 9-0. "We never really know how good we are until the big game and sometimes by then, it's too late."
It's been four years since Dulaney beat Towson and three years since the Lions defeated Perry Hall.
Last season, Dulaney was dealt its first loss of the season by Towson, a team it hopes to overcome at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Towson State University.
"We've been playing against a lot of zones so I think we should do good against Towson," said Joe High, a 6-1, 180-pound attackman with a team-high 30 goals and 38 assists. "We're much more team-oriented this season and we know we have to keep the ball moving and keep it out of their end of the field."
While the Towson-Dulaney game is an emotional rivalry, there will be more at stake than neighborhood bragging rights when Dulaney meets Perry Hall Friday.
The Gators defeated Dulaney twice last season, once in overtime during the regular season and later in the Class 3A-4A North Region championship. Senior attackman Todd Summerfield, the Lions' second-leading scorer with 34 goals and eight assists, says he and his teammates are anxious to pay back Perry Hall but that the Lions aren't looking that far ahead.
"I'd like to beat Towson more than anything and right now that's all we're thinking about," said Summerfield.
"We all feel like we have something to prove to Perry Hall, but we have to take them one at a time."