Sometimes a lacrosse goalie just has to guess what an attacker on the crease plans to do. Yesterday, Towson's Laura Shane guessed correctly at just the right time.
With 23 seconds left, Shane stepped to the edge of the crease and snuffed Dulaney's Kristen Horseman just as the freshman shot. Shane got the ball and the visiting Generals got an 11-9 upset over No. 13 Dulaney.
The Stanford-bound senior, who finished with 16 saves, made several terrific stops and her accurate clears often sparked the Generals' outstanding transition game. The victory finished off a sweep of Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A Division, giving Towson (11-1 overall, 9-0 division) first place over the Lions (10-3, 8-1).
The Generals ran up an 8-2 lead early in the second half, but they had to fight off a Lions' comeback. Lauren McLewee's fifth goal of the game brought the Lions within 11-9 with 1:47 to go.
Shane made four saves after the Generals moved ahead 11-7, including an athletic snare against Alice Hughey with about six minutes to go. But the save against Horseman would be the one for the highlight reel.
"You put your stick up, try to match her stick and hope [the ball] goes into your stick," said Shane. "I was just fired up. I wanted to win. I was praying, 'Go into my stick.' It's just nice as a goalie to be able to pump your team up."
The Lions looked a little shell shocked early on as the Generals took a 3-0 lead in the first 5:21. After that, Towson's defense, anchored by Catharine Saylor, Missy Kordish, Cara Mead and Emily Fowler, forced 13 Lions turnovers and the Generals had no trouble moving the ball downfield and finding open spots in the arc. Dulaney's defense often seemed a step behind.