Excuse Dulaney goalkeeper Rob Bachrach for yesterday's early focus problems against visiting Baltimore County rival Catonsville: The senior entered the game with a lot on his mind.
Being somewhat distracted by the possibility that his father, David, might have to drive him through rush-hour traffic to make his BWI Marshall Airport flight to Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., for a college visit, Bachrach initially considered leaving the game at halftime, said his coach, Jake Reed.
But after being surprised by a Comets goal - the first of the day - less than two minutes into the game, the first-year starter regrouped to register what he called "the best game of my high school career, so far."
Bachrach made 12 of his 18 saves in the second half and was the catalyst in No. 10 Dulaney's 8-5 win in a non-divisional game. During a high-spirited stretch of the third quarter, he stopped six of Catonsville's first seven shots.
Reached on his cell phone about an hour before takeoff, Bachrach already had boarded his flight with plenty of time to spare.
"It was actually a pleasant drive at an easy pace - much easier than some of the shots [Catonsville] was taking in the game," he said.
Jeff Santo (two goals, one assist), Nikk Davis (one, two), Jay Mann (two goals) Eric Keppler (two assists) and Spencer Martin (one, one) did most of the scoring for Dulaney (2-1), which overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring six of the next seven goals for a 6-2 lead at 9:38 of the third quarter.
Santo assisted on Matt Colonell's goal that tied the game at 2, then scored Dulaney's third goal for a 3-2 halftime lead, after which the Lions never again trailed.
Davis and Ben Trapp sparked Dulaney's 13-4 advantage in faceoffs, but it was Bachrach and defenders Bud Hickey, Patch Ronald and Nick Urick who primarily kept the visitors at bay.
Nikko Gurnsey (two goals), Ben Cohee (two assists), Brian Sommer (one goal, one assist) and Alex Bragg (10 saves) paced the Comets (3-1).