Dulaney goalie Geoff Champney lit a fire that unranked Catonsville couldn't douse last night in a game about 200 fans watched in unseasonable, near-freezing temperatures.
Champney used his stick, his feet, and at times his body to stop the Comets' veteran, high-powered midfield with 21 saves.
His early effort ignited the Lions' offense, which hammered Catonsville (6-1, 1-1), last year's Class 1A-2A state runner-up, by 11-4, in a Baltimore County Division I game at Catonsville.
No. 14 Dulaney's offense was led by Bill Kauffman (five goals, one assist), Gavin Stringer (two, two) and Bill Malestrom (two goals).
Champney and his Dulaney teammates (4-1, 1-0) turned back a Catonsville squad that returned nine starters, including midfielder Ryan Davis, who will sign today to play next year at UMBC. With nine goals and 16 assists, Davis is the Comets' second-leading scorer behind junior midfielder Brenndan Mohler (17 goals, nine assists).
Dulaney's defense of the Towson State-bound Champney, Josh Tracy, Sean Schroeder, Carson Yoder and Josh Brown withstood five of seven extra-man situations, kept Mohler (two goals) scoreless until 1: 26 was left in the first half and Davis scoreless until 7: 46 was left in the game.
The Lions led after the first quarter, 3-0, on goals by Brian Dunn, Stringer and Kauffman at 5: 56, 5: 43 and 2: 44 respectively.
Catonsville got on the scoreboard at 3-1 when midfielder Matt Lathroum followed a shot by Davis -- which Champney blocked -- and stuffed it 16 seconds into the second quarter.
But Champney stopped each of the Comets' next seven shots, including a kick save of a rocket from Nathan Phillips. He withstood an extra-man opportunity for the second time, blocking one volley and forcing the next shooter, Davis, to second-guess himself and to hit the pipe. With 15 seconds on the Catonsville penalty, Stringer scored on a counter-attack, making it 4-1 Dulaney.
The half finished fast: With 2: 57 left, Dulaney's Malestrom, on a feed from Kauffman, made it 5-1. With 1: 26 to go, the Comets' Mohler, standing on Champney's left, spun between two defenders and fired in a six-yarder -- 5-2.
Then, with just 10 seconds to go, the Lions' Kauffman made Dulaney's lead 6-2, skipping in a low-angled, side-arm shot from 15 yards -- off an assist from Stringer -- to the left of Catonsville goalkeeper Bob Bennett (17 saves).
"Catonsville's got a capable offense, but tonight, we were just really fired up," Dulaney's Kauffman said.
Pub Date: 4/10/97