Midfielder Walid Hajj and attackman Jed Prossner each scored three goals, and junior Andrew Bond won 14 of 20 face-offs as the No. 8 McDonogh Eagles held off the host Dulaney Lions, 10-8, yesterday.
Following a tough two-goal loss to top-ranked Gilman Friday, it was just the confidence-builder the young Eagles needed.
"After losing that game, we needed to come out the next day, and come hard," said Hajj.
That's just what McDonogh (6-2) did, getting a goal by Mason Goodhand and two by Hajj to jump out to a 3-0 lead after the first 2: 02. The Eagles would never surrender the lead, as Bond, who was used minimally last season, consistently won face-offs to keep the ball out of Dulaney's hands.
"You could see why we lost -- we just couldn't get any face-offs," said Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber, who also fields a young team, using five freshmen. "We couldn't get possession, and I think that was the biggest factor."
That's not to say the Lions (4-1) didn't put up a fight.
Paced by Midfielders Michael Obringer (four goals) and Mark McLewee (two goals, two assists), they rebounded from their poor start to pull within a goal on three occasions.
Each time, however, McDonogh responded with a goal of its own, including two crucial scores by Prossner.