No. 2 Towson edges Loch Raven in 2OT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Shannon Band had several chances to connect with her Towson teammates' crisp crossing passes early in yesterday's game against Loch Raven, but she could never get a stick on one.

The junior forward made up for that in overtime.

Camped on the left post, Band deflected home a pass from Lisa Simmonds high on the circle to give the No. 2 Generals a 2-1 victory over Loch Raven in double overtime.

"I was getting really frustrated," said Band, "because in the game, I missed several of the cross passes. All my adrenaline came out on that shot."

Band's goal not only broke a tie in the game, but it guarantees the Generals a berth in Thursday's Baltimore County championship, which features the top two teams in the tough Heron Division.

The Generals improve to 10-0-2 overall and 8-0 in the Heron Division. They have two division games left, neither against a contender.

Loch Raven (9-2) falls to 8-1 in the division. The Raiders could force a rematch with the Generals in the county final if they defeat No. 11 Hereford in Tuesday's regular-season finale. A Hereford win would put the Bulls (7-2-2, 7-1-1) in the title game.

Yesterday, the visiting Raiders rattled the Generals, who had shut out 10 straight opponents, by taking the lead on their only shot of the game. On a nicely executed corner play early in the second half, Jen Feris deflected in a Courtney Cordell pass.

Towson regrouped in time to tie at 1-1 with 7:47 left in regulation. Hayley Mershon scored on a corner play when she redirected a drive from her sister, Whitney.

The Generals, who had a 20-3 advantage in corners and outshot the Raiders, 14-1, took four shots in the first 10-minute overtime, played with seven players on each side.

Jocelyn Paul nailed a shot off the post in the first overtime, but Band hit the game-winner just 1:32 into the second sudden-death overtime.

No. 11 Hereford 0, No. 12 Dulaney 0, 2 OT: This Heron Division matchup couldn't have been more even through the entire 80 minutes of play. Both goalies - Hereford's Christina Restivo and Dulaney's Laura Kay - made 15 saves.

The tie, however, knocked Dulaney, which tied Catonsville for the county title last season, out of contention as the Lions (8-2-1) drop to 6-2-1 in the division.

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