|Second half storm sends Hereford to Sheckells crown|
No. 10 Bulls close week strong with 10 straight goals against Fallston; Seider scores three goals (VIDEO HERE!!)
Hereford boys’ lacrosse coach Brian King feared a letdown by his team Saturday after knocking off over second-ranked Gilman School earlier in the week. Oddly enough, it came in the championship match of Fred Sheckells Tournament against host Fallston Saturday afternoon.
After a ragged first half, the No. 10 Bulls switched gears over the final 24 minutes and cruised to a 12-4 decision over 16th ranked Cougars. Towson University-bound attack Joe Seider had three goals and two assists for Hereford (4-1), and Jason Ashwood added two goals and two assists.
The five-time defending Class 3A/2A state champion Bulls rolled off nine unanswered goals in the second half to win the battle of reigning state champions. The Parkton school reached the title round with an 11-5 decision over Northern from Calvert County.
Hereford fell behind 3-0 to the 2A/1A champ Cougars (1-2) before overwhelming them over the final 27 minutes. King said he didn’t have to say much to his team at halftime.
“We had more of a change of attitude than any kind of X’s and O’s,” said King, whose team has won 23 of its last 24 decisions dating back to last season, including a 7-6 decision Wednesday evening over the perennial MIAA A Conference powerhouse Greyhounds. “We shot the ball a lot of better coming out the half.
I was worried about today because we put a lot out emotionally Wednesday. It was a big win for us and the kids played well. It’s still March.”
The Bulls suddenly looked they were in May form, scoring eight goals in a scintillating five-minute assault. Senior Jack Adams, also headed to Towson in the fall, scored unassisted as a man-up opportunity expired with just 30 seconds elapsed in the second half, tying the game at 4.
Ryan Jones won the ensuing faceoff and found Seider who ripped a shot into the net for the lead. The Bulls upped their lead to 6-4 after Adam Cerebelli fired another laser with 9:24 left in the third quarter, followed with six seconds later with an Andrew Fisher’s score off the faceoff.
Cerebelli added a second score with Ashwood, Hugh Huppman and Jones finishing off Hereford’s third quarter attack. Jones closed the scoring with a fourth quarter tally.
“We came out slow. Their first goalie was playing awesome so it was a bit of struggle in the first half,” said Ashwood. “We came out and put up three quick goals and just kept shooting.”
Hereford’s defense featuring Eli Hess, Josh Reider, Connor Williams, Kemp Ensor, Joe Schaffer, Matthew Groff and Fisher closed ranks on Fallston’s offense over the final 30 minutes. Hofstra-bound Connor Cunningham and junior Brock Turnbaugh combined for seven saves.
After knocking off Winters Mill in the opening round, Fallston had the Bulls reeling with goals from Kyle D’Onofrio, Jeremy Scranton and Marc Badger. Seider got Hereford back into contention with a pair of unassisted goals within a minute, making it 3-2 with 7:14 remaining in the first half.
“Every game is a challenge and we can’t come out after a great win and think it’s not going to be a tough game,” said Seider. “Fallston got up on us and we were kind of shocked. We have come out fired up every practice, every game throughout the season to get another state championship.”
The Cougars led 4-2 after Garrett Wolf’s goal off a D’Onorfio assist before Adams assisted Ashwood’s first tally with 3:10 remaining. The Bulls got an extra-man opportunity late in the first half into the early moments of the third quarter.
Though Hereford didn’t take advantage, it found its rhythm and the Cougars had no answer. Fallston coach Matt Parks said his team’s inexperience caught up to them.
“We played a great first half and did a lot of good things and kept them in check,” said Parks. “We felt we could just run, make mistakes and they weren’t going to capitalize on them. They got a lot of seniors who’ve been doing this for a long time.”
Last Updated (Monday, 01 April 2013 08:59)