Robinson Scores One for Virginia
Moments into the second quarter yesterday, with Dulaney dominating Robinson, a Dulaney assistant coach could be heard telling his players not to play down to the Rams’ level.
It was immediately picked up by a Robinson assistant coach, who made sure his team heard it. They had. And those who hadn’t were soon told. Soon, the Lions weren’t able to play up to the Rams’ level. And when it was over, the No. 9 Rams had rallied from a four-goal deficit for an 12-11 win in Timonium, Md.
“We played just as hard, just as fast,” Robinson senior Tyler Zinck said. “There’s no playing down no matter what team you play, Maryland or Virginia. Both teams are the same level now.”
The game matched the Rams (6-0), Northern Virginia’s strongest team and the defending state champion, and perennial Maryland public school powerhouse Dulaney (4-4), which has won five of the past seven Maryland public championships.
According to the lacrosse history books, Dulaney should have been on another level.
“We won a state championship last year,” said Zinck, who had one goal and three assists. “I think that gives us just as much credit as them.”
Actually, when both teams were even, Robinson held a distinct advantage. After tying the game at 6 on senior Matt Kugler’s second goal in the first two minutes of the second half, Dulaney scored four straight man-up goals to take a 10-6 lead.
That’s when Kugler, who committed himself to getting more assists this year, starting feeding his teammates with precise inside passes. Kugler assisted three of Robinson’s next four goals to tie the game with 6minutes 50 seconds remaining.
Robinson took its first lead on freshman Brian Laiti’s second goal and sophomore Daniel McNulty netted the eventual game-winner on a feed from Kugler (four goals, four assists) with 3:07 remaining.
“Everyone says Maryland is the hotbed of lacrosse and all that, and certainly they do have some amazing teams,” Kugler said. “Games like this are where we get our name out, beating a great team like Dulaney. This is the first step.”