Chris Vissers scored a hat trick and Mount Hebron's defense held Towson to one second-half goal as the fifth-seeded Vikings knocked off the top-seeded Generals, 7-4, in a state Class 1A/2A semifinal game at Calvert Hall yesterday.
Mount Hebron (13-3) advances to Saturday's 2 p.m. state title game at the University of Maryland Baltimore County against defending champion North Harford, which defeated Loch Raven, After Mount Hebron took an early 2-0 lead, Towson (11-1) rallied to tie on a goal by Mark Bresee with 8 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second quarter. Towson than pulled ahead, 3-2, on a Chad Henry score less than a minute later.
But from there on, it was all Vikings.
"There they are in a close game and they hadn't been in one all year," said Mount Hebron coach Warren Michael. "We've been in five or six, and we knew what to do. What also helped us was that we saw from the tapes that their goalie dropped to his knees a lot. We told our guys to shoot up, and it worked."
It worked for Vissers. The attackman scored in the second, third and fourth quarters to help his team build its lead.
"We were more fundamentally sound," said Vissers, whose team was outshot, 25-21. "We shot overhand, and they went in. They shot sidearm, and they missed."
Towson coach Randy Dase said: "We had not faced anybody on this level in two or three years. It's like taking an old plane out of the hangar and sending it down the runway. In this case, the plane crashed."
Host North Harford (13-2) built a 7-0 lead before Loch Raven scored in the other 1A-2A semifinal. Tim Lucky and Bret Schreiber scored three goals each for the Hawks.
Dulaney (12-0) routed South Carroll, 9-3, in a Class 3A-4A semifinal last night, as Bill Berzins scored three goals and Masson Ray added five assists at Catonsville Community College.
Dulaney, the three-time defending state champion, will meet North County at noon Saturday in the title game at UMBC. North County held off host Annapolis, 7-6, last night as Troy Fulwiler and Andy Mocarski scored two goals each.