Westminster's Dintino's OT goal ends No. 13 Dulaney's repeat bid in 4A/3A state girls' lacrosse; Frock and Ruby combine for eight goals (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)
Hannah Dintino is appreciative of Westminster High senior girls' lacrosse players and how they've made her first varsity season smooth. Monday, she returned the favor.
The sophomore scored 31 seconds into overtime, giving the No. 11 Owls a 13-12 victory over 13th-ranked Dulaney in the Class 4A/3A North Region Section I final at Ruby Field in Carroll County.
Georgetown University-bound midfielder Caroline Frock scored four goals for Westminster (14-2 overall), and Anna Ruby finished with four goals and an assist. Maggie Kelly had four goals for Dulaney (12-5).
The Owls battled back from a two-goal deficit late in regulation and Dintino ended the Lions' bid for a second consecutive 4A/3A state title. Westminster will host Bel Air Wednesday evening for the North Region final and a spot in this weekend's state semifinals.
Dintino finished Ruby's pass inside the circle, capping a whirlwind battle on a majestic late Monday afternoon. After leading by four goals in the first half, Owls were down two with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
"We were in the huddle and said this is our game, this our field and we weren't going to lose this," said Dintino, who's verbally committed to Furman. "We got super intense and coach Stevens [Westminster coach Jackie Stevens] and coach Mike [Westminster assistant Mike McDonald] knew what to say. We had to go out there and fight."
Frock's free position tally made it a one-score match with 2:26 left in regulation. The Owls got the ensuing draw, Ruby bounced her free position shot past Dulaney goalie Hannah Slomkowski, tying the game at 12 with 1:39 remaining.
Ruby won the draw to start overtime for Westminster as Frock got the groundball. Ruby found a cutting Dintino, who took a couple of steps and placed a shot into the upper left corner of the net for the winner.
Dintino said all needed was eye contact with Ruby.
"We always know when I should cut or she should cut and we know when to pass, and I got to the 8 [meter circle] and knew she was looking at me," said Dintino. "I knew when the ball went over head and into my stick, that was it. Everyone knew that was the game."
"She's got great confidence," said Westminster coach Jackie Stevens.
Tied at 4 in the first half, the Owls got two goals from Ruby and tallies from Madi Macera and Frock to claim an 8-4 lead. Westminster led 8-5 at halftime, but defending champ Dulaney stormed back in the second half.
Junior Maggie Kelly won the first 10 draws, and the Lions went on a 7-2 run, capped by Charlotte Lipstein's tally, for a 12-10 lead with 5:19 left in regulation. But Dulaney started to wear down and Westminster got a second wind.
"They fought and played hard, that second half comeback was awesome," said Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow. "We could've move the ball a little bit better and controlled tempo, but that's the game."
Korrow said goodbye to seniors Claire Podles, Emma Klein, Sarah Gude, Hannah Slomkowski, Madison Hine and Bridget Hughes who helped Dulaney to last year's state title and this spring's Baltimore County championship. The 2016 state crown was Dulaney's first in 10 years.
Westminster has yet to win a state title, but the Owls remain on a path to history, thanks to Dintino.
"Losing 11 seniors, we know this is it," said Dintino. "It's now or never and we have to make the most of it."
Class 4A/3A North Region girls' lacrosse playoffs
Section I final
No. 11 Westminster 13, No. 13 Dulaney 12 (OT)
Goals: Dulaney - M. Kelly 4, Dabkowski 3, Lipstein 3, Griffith, O'Grady; Westminster - Frock 4, Ruby 4, Macera 3, Dintino 2.
Assists: Dulaney - B. Kelly 2, Dabkowski, M. Kelly, Lipstein, O'Grady; Westminster - Sedlar 2, Eckert, Jarvis, Ruby
Saves: Dulaney - Hine 4, Slomkowski 7; Westminster - Tyssowski 6
Dulaney 5 7 0 - 12
Westminster 8 4 1 - 13