It didn't take long after yesterday's impressive 8-2 victory over visiting Dulaney -- its eighth straight win since a season-opening one-goal loss to St. Mary's -- for No. 8 McDonogh to turn its focus on Tuesday's MIAA A Conference game at No. 3 Gilman.
The Eagles (8-1), who start just two seniors, performed at optimum levels in all facets of the game, overshadowing an excellent effort by No. 14 Dulaney's Towson State-bound keeper Geoff Champney (22 saves).
Sophomores Matt Primm (two goals, two assists) and Bobby Benson (two goals), along with senior Greg Adams (two, one) led the way offensively. Owen Daly and Dan Cassell added goals.
Defenders Joe Rosenbaum and Evan Weinberg, both sophomores, junior Chris Bowman, senior Marcus Webb and sophomore keeper Rob Schere (eight saves) anchored a team whose most goals allowed came in the loss to St. Mary's (by 7-6) and a win over Oakland Mills (by 10-6).
"Our coaches told us not to overlook this game, and we didn't. We came out prepared to kick a little butt," said Bowman, who helped the Eagles rout No. 10 Severn, 9-2, on Tuesday.
"Dulaney is one of the better public school teams around, so we wanted to come out hard, and this is a big win," Primm said. "We've got a lot of young people on this team, but we'll be at our best on Tuesday. Not just because it's a big game, but because Gilman's our biggest rival."
Dulaney (2-1) trailed, 4-0, at halftime and didn't score until Brian Dunn tallied to make it 5-1 with 6: 16 left in the third period. The Lions scored again when Jeff Richardson intercepted a pass at midfield, sprinted toward the goal and bounced a one-on-one shot past Schere with 5: 56 left in the game.
Both goals were unassisted, with Richardson's being the only shot of the fourth period for Dulaney, which had four of its 11 shots in the second half.
"Our defense has been playing within its abilities all year, and with the exception of St. Mary's, where we had a few turnovers, we've played smart," said fifth-year Eagles coach Jake Reed, a former goalie at Dulaney before graduating in 1973.
"Offensively, we'll have to work for the great shots against Gilman. Today, I thought we did a good job of that. We were patient, but their goalie was the best we've seen this year."
Though McDonogh scored its three third-period goals on just five shots, Champney was remarkable in the goal. He stopped 10 of the Eagles' 14 attempts in the first half, and nine of 10 in the final period. The only goal he allowed in the fourth period came when Benson's point-blank bounce shot glanced off Champney's stick and in.
"We thought we could take them, but they've had a few more games, and they've been together a month or so longer than us. They're pretty hot right now," said Champney. "We took quality shots, offensively, and never gave up. It's a good game for us heading into next week."
Dulaney faces last year's 1A-2A state runner-up Catonsville on Wednesday and 1A-2A state champ Hereford on Friday.
Pub Date: 4/06/97