Dulaney wasn't supposed to be this good -- not good enough for yesterday's 17-5 boys lacrosse blowout of defending Baltimore County champion Hereford at Hereford Middle School.
Senior attackman Bret Barrow (five goals, one assist), junior midfielder Bryant Will (three, three) and sophomore attackman Mike Obringer (two, four) had six points each as the 14th-ranked Lions (8-1, 5-0) routed their 12th-ranked county Division I rivals.
Senior midfielder Mark McLewee scored four times and had an assist, senior attackman Matt Carroll had four assists and two goals, and junior midfielder Jon Spivey contributed a goal and an assist for the Lions.
This from a team that graduated its entire defense along with its top scorer and top two faceoff midfielders. The Lions also lost a key faceoff middie, Steve Staniewski, to a preseason knee injury.
"They played with poise, and they played as a team. They can all shoot or carry, and they don't have a problem feeding each other and spreading it around," said coach Whit Morrill, whose Bulls (6-1, 5-1) take on Fallston and McDonogh in their next two games.
"We couldn't get the ground balls, we couldn't play defense. We played our worst game in a while."
The Lions had a lot to do with that, scoring on their first two shots of the game, having a 6-1 first-period lead on nine shots, and a 9-1 lead ---the score at the half -- on their first 12 shots .
"That comes from our six-on-six practice drill. We shoot so many shots, they're bound to go in," Barrow said. "Our scoring percentage was way up for this game."
So efficient were the Lions, scoring mostly from point-blank range against keeper Mike Stoltz (15 saves), that Barrow's second goal of the game - for a 6-1 lead with 2: 50 left in the first period - was essentially the game-winner.
And Barrow's tally came during a man-advantage penalty for Hereford, which scored only once in seven extra-man situations.
"They beat us at our place last year, and we came into this game incredibly pumped up and just ready to play," Will said. "We stepped up everywhere."
Dulaney's all-new defense -- junior keeper Phil Reed (nine saves), seniors Brian Leland, Chris Bull and Matt Mitchell, junior Peter Sclafani, sophomore Josh Fine and freshman Zac Jungers -- had allowed on average three goals in the Lions' previous seven victories.
After Hereford's Matt Curtis scored to make it 2-1 at 7: 03 of the first period, the Bulls did not get another goal until Kris Davis scored his first of three at 7: 59 of the third period. By then, however, the Lions had used an 8-0 run to build a commanding 10-1 lead.
Reed stopped four of the Bulls' five second-period shots and forced the shooter wide with good positioning on the fifth.
"We knew they would try hard to come back on us, but we never let up," Reed said.