Only 16 hours after a tough overtime loss at No. 3 Boys' Latin, No. 1 McDonogh faced a 10th-ranked Dulaney program bent on proving itself against a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference power.
The visiting Lions hoped to catch the Eagles napping, maybe give them yet another wake-up call. But McDonogh established the early intensity to to lay the Lions' upset bid to rest, 11-4.
McDonogh (4-1) led 3-0 early in the second period, used a 4-0 run for 7-1 lead early in the third period, and added another 4-0 run for an 11-2 lead late in the fourth. Johns Hopkins-bound All-Metro attackman Bobby Benson had two goals and four assists, and Princeton-bound All-Metro midfielder Owen Daly had five goals.
"Dulaney's a good team, so we knew this was no time to feel sorry for ourselves," Daly said. "They played well against Gilman in a scrimmage, but we came out ready to play today."
Brett Barrow scored twice in the game's final 1: 33 for Dulaney (0-1), which received one goal apiece from Steve and Bryant Will and 12 saves from keeper Nick Mowbray. McDonogh's Jed Prossner had two assists, and teammates Matt Primm, Brian McGregor, Brad Dumont and Walid Hajj scored once each.
"We came in cocky after the Gilman game," said Steve Will, one of several returnees from last season's 3A-4A state runner-up squad. "McDonogh controlled the ball nicely, but we played horrible -- didn't catch, didn't throw, didn't run, didn't pass."
Benson said McDonogh is overcoming injuries to starters Ryan Floyd and Mason Goodhand along with those of Princeton-bound Dumont, who still is recovering from stress fractures in both legs.
"We played better today, but it's a bittersweet win," said Benson.
Daly scored four of McDonogh's first six goals, including the game's initial goal and the final three goals of the first half to help the Eagles to a 6-1 lead.
Daly's most spectacular effort, for a 5-1 lead, came with 3: 17 left in the half. Standing 20 yards from the goal, Daly spun around two defensemen and faced Mowbray one-on-one before whipping in a five-yarder from a severe angle.
No. 4 St. Paul's 8, Haverford School 7: Conor Ford's fifth goal, with two minutes left in the game, stood up for the Crusaders (4-0) against Pennsylvania's private schools state runner-up in the inaugural St. Paul's Tournament.