Dulaney managed just one shot in the second half, but that was all the Lions needed to upset No. 13 Franklin, 1-0, yesterday.
For most of the half, the Indians (8-2 overall, 5-2 league), who had not been shut out all season, pounded the Lions' defense.
outplayed them in the second half with the exception of one time down and in, and that's what it is a lot of times in field hockey," said Franklin coach Carol Smith. "It could have gone either way. We certainly had many opportunities."
But it only takes one and yesterday, the Lions (5-5, 4-3) made theirs count.
A long drive out of their defensive end sent the Lions moving on the break. The ball rolled through the Indians' inverted-triangle defense inside the 25-yard line where Mary Enoch crossed it from the right side. Christy Gordon shot out of a crowd in front of the goal past Franklin keeper Amy Whitcomb (four saves).
After two straight years of double-overtime decisions -- one tie and one loss -- the Lions were determined to beat the Indians.
"This is the biggest win we've had, because our games with Dulaney have always been so close and the teams are pretty much equal," said Enoch. "We really needed this because we've lost the last couple of games and I wasn't too sure about this one either."
The Dulaney defense of Karen Libby, Clary Creighton, Kate Slear, Theresa Loercher and keeper Heather Benson (five saves)
gets most of the credit for the victory after holding off several furious Franklin rallies.
The Indians had a 10-6 edge in shots and a 5-2 edge in penalty corners, but their best opportunity probably came on a couple of quick shots midway through the second half. Leading scorer Tammi Norris took the first shot, but Benson stepped up for the save. Then Robin Hartman caught the carom and drove it barely wide.
Norris said the Indians' offense couldn't create enough opportunities. "They marked up on all the players who were shooting, so it was really hard to get the ball in the goal. Their
goalie was good, too, but we just didn't get enough shots," she said.
The Indians had some added incentive -- to win the last regular-season home game for Smith, who will retire after 16 years of coaching at Franklin and 25 years in Baltimore County.
Still, Smith couldn't complain about the loss. "I don't think it's a setback. I like the stiff competition, the kind of games that can go either way," she said. "I'm real pleased to be 8-2 at this point in the season and I think the kids will be ready [for the regional playoffs]. I just hope we don't draw [No. 2 and unbeaten] Fallston."