Hereford makes late run count for 9-8 win

Bulls' five-goal spurt overcomes N. Harford

May 18, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chris Lauer scored once and had one of his four assists on the game-winning goal by Kris Davis as Hereford overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit to eliminate visiting North Harford, 9-8.

The Class 1A-2A North Region semifinal win, the 12th in a row for the Bulls (13-2), earned them a berth in tomorrow's 4 p.m. title game at Edgewood.

Down 6-3 after a 3-0 run by North Harford with 4: 46 left in the third period, Davis sparked a 5-0 run for an 8-6 lead with 7: 07 to play.

Josh Bateman made it 6-5 before Luke Gilbert, assisted by Lauer, tied the game for the third and final time with 2: 26 left in the period. Josh Bateman then assisted Matt Curtis for the lead, but the last goal of the run, by Lauer, was spectacular.

Starting from behind and to the right of keeper Andrew Banghart, Lauer roll-dodged a defenseman, spinning to his right to gain the inside track before bouncing it past Banghart.

"We beat them by the same score last year. They're a good team," said Lauer, who raised his totals to 24 goals and 30 assists. "We knew they'd get their runs. We wanted to stick with them until we got ours."

Bill Farrell brought the Hawks (14-4) within 8-7, with 2: 56 left, slipping his shot under keeper Mike Stoltz (13 saves) after a groundball pickup. And after Lauer fed Davis on the crease for a two-goal lead with 1: 48 to play, Matt Beucker rifled in the final goal with 36 seconds left.

Hereford's Todd Smith, who had a goal and an assist, won the game's final faceoff and ran off all but 15 seconds. After a turnover, Curtis stripped the ball from a North Harford player and milked the remaining time.

Each team's junior keeper had excellent games: Banghart finished with 16 saves, and Stoltz 13.

Banghart stopped seven of the Bulls' first nine shots, and 11 of 14 in the first half. Banghart deflected four of Hereford's first five shots when the Bulls enjoyed a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal.

North Harford's offense, meanwhile, geared up behind Farrell, who assisted Beucker and Andrew Guckert to forge a 2-0 lead with 4: 36 left in the first half. But Smith made it 2-1 with 3: 28 left in the first period, then assisted Curtis' goal to make it 2-2.

North Harford regained a 3-2 lead 4: 57 before the intermission, as Matt Pollhammer skipped in a straight-on, 15-yarder off a Tim Pistel pass. But Lauer found Davis for a 3-3 tie that lasted into the intermission.

North Harford proceeded to score three goals on three shots, but Hereford rallied behind Stoltz, who made four point-blank stops. The Bulls then scored on four of their next five shots for a 7-6 lead heading into the fourth.

"I felt like I wasn't doing what I was capable of until the third quarter, but [defenders] Rob Bateman and Adam Hendrix really helped me out," said Stoltz, who was a JV attackman last season and did not get his first start in goal until two weeks into the season.

Farrell (one goal, four assists) has a school-record 103 career assists, and, with 43 assists last season, eclipsed North Harford's single-season record of 35. Beucker (three goals) has a single-season school record of 57 goals.

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