The Dulaney girls lacrosse team avenged a regular-season loss to Catonsville with a convincing 17-8 victory at Catonsville (11-5) in the second round of the Class 4A North Region Section I playoffs.
Maggie Kelly led the Lions (9-4) with six goals and two assists and the senior, who will play at Lehigh University next year, knew her teammates were ready.
“Everybody was super-pumped the whole day, everybody was super excited to get here and start the playoff run, states is always a goal of ours every year, so we are just excited to get out here,” said Kelly, who won the first four draws to help stake the Lions to a 3-1 lead.
Kelly scored the first goal and assisted Julia Strauch (two goals, one assist) for the second goal.
After Zoe Waddell broke the ice with the Comets’ first goal with 18:45 left, Bridget Kelly netted the first of her two goals.
But, the Comets rallied when Leah Marshall assisted Waddell for a goal.
It was the only point that leading scorer Marshall, who will play at Iona College next year, would get all evening.
“We had two of our defenders on her (Marshall),” Dulaney coach Lauren Iacoboni said. “I said, I don’t care who is on her, you just need to shut her down completely today and that’s what they did.”
With 16:07 left in the half, Sophi Wrisk forced a turnover and gathered the ground ball and less than a minute later she scored to tie the game.
Dulaney broke the tie when Zoe Hermann assisted Charlotte Lipstein with 12:18 left in the half for a 4-3 lead.
The Comets would never get any closer.
Dulaney scored five of the next six goals and led 9-4 at halftime.
Lipstein scored the first two, Bridget Kelly scored the third and Maggie Kelly scored the last two.
Hermann, Casey O’Grady (two goals, one assist) and Anna Griffith had assists during the run.
The nine goals at halftime was more than Dulaney scored in the regular-season 8-7 loss at home to the Comets.
In that game, on April 19, Catonsville goalie Amber Weedon stopped an 8-meter shot in the final minute and her younger sister, Kolby Weedon, scored the game-winning goal.
Kelly used that as motivation in the playoffs.
“We knew we didn’t play our best game the last time we went up against them, so we really made sure to come out strong,” Kelly said. “We knew their players and we knew where their strengths were, so we really made sure to shut down their key players and capitalize on their weaknesses.”
Kolby Weedon scored early in the second half and Amber Weedon made three saves in the first two minutes of the second half, but the Comets never got closer than four goals.
Goalie Weedon (10 saves) made an interception after Wrisk (three goals) scored an 8-meter free position goal with 14:40 left in the second half to make it 10-6.
The Comets had a long possession, but they couldn’t penetrate the stellar defense played by Lily Widner, Bridget Kelly, Anna Griffith, Lydia Naughton, Sammy White and Lucy Hughes in front of goalie Jules Dotterweich (six saves).
Junior Mae Dickens was also solid on defense and in transition.
Dulaney’s Lipstein assisted Strauch for the next goal with 13:06 left and the Lions scored six of the final seven goals to close the game.
Dulaney outshot the Comets, 31-16.
“It’s a great program, they are an amazing team and it’s a team you want to play every year,” Catonsville coach Cantey Bailey said. “They had the heart today. They wanted it more.”
Bailey was especially impressed with Maggie Kelly.
“I definitely think she had an amazing game, between draw controls and her composure on attack, alone, was just a game changer for them,” Bailey said.
Iacoboni, who took over as head coach for Kristi Korrow, who had twins this spring, but showed up on the sidelines to offer support, was equally impressed with Kelly.
“Maggie has been a huge leader this year,” Iacoboni said. “She takes it at the right time, she re-attacks at the right time and I think she does a great job of knowing when to go, which is huge.”
“Our whole senior class has incredible leadership and they thread the needle so well,” she added.
Dulaney will play at Howard in the third round of the tournament on Monday, May 14.
The Comets ended its season with three straight losses, after winning six straight.
They fell to Roland Park, 13-12, Hereford, 16-4, in the Baltimore County championship, and Dulaney.
“We do have a lot of returners next year and I think that it will show and we will jell,” Bailey said. “I think that is one thing that we are good at is jelling as a program and hopefully that can happen next year.”
Goals: Maggie Kelly 6, Charlotte Lipstein 4, Julia Strauch 2, Bridget Kelly 2, Casey O’Grady 2, Zoe Hermann 1.
Assists: Maggie Kelly 2, Strauch 1, Lipstein 1, Hermann 1, O’Grady 1, Erin Hill 1, Griffith 1.
Goals: Sophi Wrisk 3, Zoe Waddell 2, Kolby Weedon 2, Bella Dunigan 1.
Assists: Leah Marshall 1.
D-Jules Dotterweich 6
C-Amber Weedon 10