The harder the rain fell in the second half yesterday, the more top-ranked McDonogh poured it on unranked Dulaney.
The Eagles opened the third and fourth quarters with a deluge of goals, turning what had been a one-goal game at halftime into a 12-5 victory over the previously undefeated Lions.
Junior attackman Bob Benson seemed to enjoy the conditions, leading McDonogh with four goals and four assists.
Junior Matt Primm, another mudder, tallied two goals and one assist for McDonogh, and sophomore Walid Hajj scored twice.
"This is a great game to go into the playoffs with," said Benson, referring to next week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs, which have the Eagles seeded second. "We have a couple of guys banged up, and we shuffled our lineup around a little bit, [so] it took us a while to get going."
Dulaney junior defenseman Josh Tracy helped the Lions (8-1) tie the game at 1 midway through the first quarter, picking off a pass and passing to Steve Will (three goals) for a fast-break goal.
Tracy then knotted the game at 2 with 1: 42 left in the first quarter by digging a grounder out of the mud following a faceoff and putting a long-stick shot past keeper Rob Scherr (nine saves).
Primm was the only McDonogh player able to solve Lions freshman goalie Phil Reed in the second quarter. His unassisted goal gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead at the half.
"We came out gunning in the first half, our slides were there, and our goalie was playing great," said Tracy. "In the second half, I think our middies just ran out of gas. It was transition all day, it was raining, and it was tough to control the ball.
"Regardless of the weather, we were excited to be here. It's rare that we get to play any of the private schools, so any time we get a chance, we're gunning. McDonogh being ranked No. 1 made it us want it that much more."
Owen Daly, who played only in extra-man situations because of a sore hip, assisted Benson on a power-play goal early in the second half. The two teamed up again later in the period, giving the visitors a 7-2 lead.
Steve Will interrupted the Eagles' third-quarter barrage by converting a pass from Alex Nichol, but Brad Dumon gave McDonogh the final say, scoring with 37 seconds left in the quarter.
Primm closed out the Eagles' fourth-quarter spree on an assist from Benson before Will and Jon Heumann ended the game with two cosmetic goals for the Lions.
"This was a good test, and Dulaney is a good team," said McDonogh coach Jake Reed, whose 17-1 team received a first-round bye in the MIAA playoffs and must now wait to see who its opponent will be next Friday at Johns Hopkins. "It was NTC good to play them on a day like this, rather than do nothing."
Pub Date: 5/02/98