Hereford's Breeback a throwback to hard-hitting days Attackman loves his job

it shows

April 26, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Greg Breeback never met a goal he didn't like. From the many dozens he's fired past opposing keepers, however, there are five that stand out in the Hereford attackman's memory.

Those are the ones he notched last season against Loch Raven and standout goaltender Andy King.

"Everybody said that he was the best goalie around," said Breeback, a senior. "And my coach told me I might have trouble with him since he was a lefty."

But Breeback beat the goalie three times in the first quarter, finishing with five goals and a pair of assists. Nothing -- not even the eventual 14-9 loss to Loch Raven -- could dampen his spirits.

"I felt like it was an accomplishment," said Breeback.

Now Breeback is used to those kinds of accomplishments.

He went on to lead the young Bulls into the state playoffs, setting a school scoring record and earning All-County honors.

This year, after a slow start, Breeback is again showing Baltimore County opponents why he's earned a reputation as one of the best finishers in local high school lacrosse.

On the heels of last year's record-setting performance -- his 49 goals and 115 points broke Justin Schuetz's single-season school scoring record -- the Bulls' captain has tallied 13 goals and nine assists in helping his team to a 3-2 record.

"He's what we call a finisher --one of the best I've ever had," said Hereford coach Dennis Sirman.

"He's off to a slow start because the rest of the team's not playing well. If we don't get him the ball, he can't score."

But if past performance means anything, it is only a matter of time before the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder breaks loose.

He's one of the stronger players in the county, and isn't afraid to play the role of enforcer.

"He's not a dodger," said Sirman. "He gets the ball and it's one quick move and a shot. He's very aggressive, and if he hits you, it hurts. In transition he's just incredible."

Breeback thrives on aggressive play. It's what made him kick away a soccer ball and pick up a lacrosse stick in seventh grade.

He also played tight end for the Bulls' football team in the fall, and looks forward to Mondays and Saturdays at Mount Washington Ice Rink when he can take out his frustrations as a defensemen in pick-up hockey games.

Hockey, he says, has something important in common with lacrosse.

"I like how physical they both are," said Breeback. "I just like physical sports. Being aggressive and going all out is a big part of playing. I don't like dirty play, just aggressive."

Breeback plans to take his aggressive act to Pfeiffer College in North Carolina next season. There, he expects to step right in and help the perennial Division II power in its quest for a national championship.

In the much nearer future, he's hoping to lead his team back into the state playoffs, where last year Hereford was eliminated in the first round.

Should Breeback and the Bulls offense continue their recent scoring pace -- 53 goals in their last three games -- there's no telling how far they could go in the playoffs.

Sirman recently moved Breeback to midfield on faceoffs, with the hopes of getting him more involved in the flow of the game.

"We should improve if we pull it all together," said Breeback.

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