In yesterday's girls lacrosse game between No. 2 Century and No. 4 Dulaney, the difference loomed much larger than the seven seconds it took to complete.
The Lions controlled most of the draws - none bigger than the one with 4:37 left in the game. With that possession, the Lions needed just seven seconds for Kristen Horsman to deliver the game-winner in a 10-9 victory.
Horsman's goal gave the Lions a 10-7 lead and they held on to avenge last season's loss to the Knights in the marquee game of Dulaney's round-robin tournament.
On a day more suited to Christmas break than spring break, the teams endured temperatures in the upper 30s, a relentless north wind and occasional snow flurries. They also endured aggressive defense on both sides in a game that featured four ties and no more than a three-goal differential.
After Horsman's goal, the Knights (3-2) won the next two draws, setting up goals from Jenny Steadman and Katie Schwarzmann to pull within one with 2:25 to go.
"It was really about winning the draw and going for those quick transition goals," Knights coach Rose Pentz said. "If you won the draw, you were pretty much going to be in control for the rest of the game."
Dulaney (5-0), which got six goals from Blair King, won the final draw but turned it over with 1:15 left.
Steadman had one final shot to tie the game, but it was deflected and bounced across the crease, where Lions goalie MaKenzie Worthington covered it.
"Their intensity was so great," Worthington said, "but I think we have one of the best settled defenses, so that gave them a little bit of a tough time. Our defense was to settle in - don't go out, don't pressure - just let them work it and we'll get the good body [position] in the 8 [meter arc]."
Also at the tournament, Hereford earned its first win of the season and the 100th of coach Anne Ensor's career with an 11-8 upset of No. 11 Notre Dame Prep (4-5).
The Bulls (1-4) broke out of a halftime tie with a 6-1 run fueled by three goals from Jackie LaMonica and two from Mary Wittelsberger as well as tough defense led by Taylor Lange and goalie Kirstin Betsill, who finished with 16 saves.