Coming into the season, the Dulaney boys lacrosse team had three goals: win the Baltimore County championship, win the playoff regional, and win the state title.
The No. 10 Lions took care of the first goal last night. They scored three late goals in the fourth quarter to overcome host and No. 14 Catonsville, 9-6, capturing their seventh county title in eight years.
"We used our confidence," Dulaney midfielder Brad Ruzicka said. "We knew what we had to do to win."
Dulaney improved to 13-2. Meanwhile, Catonsville (10-4), which appeared in its first county championship in 52 years, had its nine-game winning streak end.
Catonsville jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, but Dulaney fought back. A goal by Jay Mann (one goal, one assist) with three minutes left in the second gave the Lions a 4-3 lead at halftime.
After splitting goals in the third, Dulaney to a 6-4 lead 10 seconds into the fourth on senior midfielder Cody Lehrer's goal from 15 yards out. But two unassisted goals by the Comets' Nikko Gurnsey (four goals) tied the score.
With 4:37 left, Ruzicka (two goals) sprinted toward the right sideline, leaped and fired to give the lead back to the Lions. Kevin Tignall (two goals, one assist) scored a man-up goal a minute later, and Spencer Martin (one goal, one assist) finished off the scoring with 2:35 left.
No. 12 Severna Park 10, South River 7 -- Jeff McGuire and Pat Morrison each scored three goals and the Falcons defeated the Seahawks at Meade High to win their seventh consecutive Anne Arundel County title. It was the second time in four days that Severna Park beat South River. The Falcons won the first matchup, 11-5, but the Seahawks (10-4) gave them a tough fight last night. Severna Park (13-2) held a 6-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Sam Jones' goal gave the Falcons a two-goal cushion with 9:03 left. However, a goal by Matt Gregoire 40 seconds later cut the margin to one. Back-to-back goals by Morrison and McGuire one minute apart sealed the game. "It's a championship game, and South River is an excellent team. I was not expecting a blowout," said Severna Park coach Larry Kramer, whose team is pursuing its third straight state title.
Glenelg 14, Marriotts Ridge 6 -- Nothing was going to stop senior Chris Gotschall from playing in the Howard County championship against Marriotts Ridge, even 20 stitches across his forehead. Gotschall scored four goals and added three assists to lead the undefeated Gladiators (13-0) past the Mustangs just days after he cut his head with his helmet during a game. "I don't even know if you're supposed to play with the stitches, but I never even really considered [sitting out]," Gotschall said. Senior midfielder Ryan Dougherty added three goals and an assist. Still, Marriotts Ridge goalkeeper Dan Schonfeld (16 saves) stymied the Gladiators throughout.
No. 3 Calvert Hall 12, No. 10 Severn 6 -- The visiting Cardinals rebounded from a slow start to defeat the Admirals. Calvert Hall (14-2) fell behind 2-1 in the first quarter before Sean Maguire scored to start a three-goal run for the Cardinals, who held the lead thereafter. Jason McFadden assisted on two of the three goals and scored the third. He finished with five assists.
McDonogh 6, St. Mary's 4 -- The Eagles (14-5) took a one-goal lead into the fourth quarter and relied on the goaltending of Tyler Fiorito to defeat the host Saints. Fiorito limited the Saints to two goals on 16 shots in the second half. Patrick Toohey scored two of the game's first three goals as the Eagles jumped out to an early lead.