Hereford wins in OT to move to title game

Miller's goal gives Bulls 8-7 win over Mt. Hebron

State boys lacrosse

May 20, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Matt Miller's goal 36 seconds into the first overtime period lifted No.14 Hereford to an 8-7 Class 3A-2A-1A state semifinal lacrosse upset of 10th-ranked, defending state champ Mount Hebron at UMBC last night.

Miller's 15-yard bounce shot slipped under the stick of keeper Dan Valente (seven saves), earning Hereford (14-3) a berth in Wednesday's 6 p.m. title game against today's Queen Anne's-Glenelg winner.

"I was just aiming for the goal and hoping that it went in," said Miller, who finished with three goals and one assist.

The victory earned the Bulls their second shot at a state title since winning the program's only crown in 1996.

The Bulls, state champs three years ago, denied the Vikings (17-2) their 12th straight win and a shot at their fifth title-game berth in the past six years. Mount Hebron lost overtime title games in 1995 and '96, both to Broadneck, and again in 1997, to Annapolis.

Down 7-4 late in the third period, Mount Hebron's Neal Goldman, guarded nicely by Penn State-bound defender Rob Bateman much of the night, scored an unassisted goal with a two-man advantage to start a game-tying, three-goal run.

John Cooke's third goal brought the Vikings within 7-6 and Mike Selawski's, from Goldman, made it 7-7 with 8:26 to play.

Hereford keeper Mike Stoltz (10 saves) came up with crucial late-game stops, including three from point-blank range in the third period.

Hereford outshot Mount Hebron, 13-3, in the first period, won three of the first four faceoffs, and had a 3-0 lead in the first period by converting over a span of 1:29.

"We just didn't play well," said Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan. "We gave them a 4-0 lead, and it was tough to come back from."

The Vikings hit the pipe at least seven times and lost two possessions in the final 1:15 of regulation.

The Bulls seemed to be in command after Matt Curtis (one goal, one assist) took the faceoff and assisted Kris Davis (two, two) for a 4-0 lead nine seconds into the second period.

But that's when Mount Hebron came alive, tying the game at 4-4 for the half.

Miller, Curtis and Davis scored the first three goals of the second half, the last with 6:55 left in the period, for a 7-4 lead. Curtis' unassisted goal, off the faceoff, came only eight seconds after Miller's.

Hereford outhustled Mount Hebron early, scoring on its first three shots of the game, the last by David Cox off Miller's assist.

It was 2-0 at the 8:38 mark after Davis assisted consecutive fast-break goals by Adam Larramore and Miller, respectively, within nine seconds of each other.

In the second period, Cooke and Brendan Taylor scored twice within 30 seconds to make it 4-2 with 8:30 left in the half.

Cooke made it 4-3 with 5:44 to go off a straight-on dish from Einar Wulfsberg. John Machiran (one goal, two assists) made it 4-4, burying Franklin Berry's low pass 4:21 before halftime.

Boys lacrosse

State semifinals

Yesterday's results

(At UMBC)

Class 3A-2A-1A

Hereford 8, Mt. Hebron 7 (OT)

Class 4A-3A

Dulaney 16, C.M. Wright 4

Today's games

(At UMBC)

Class 3A-2A-1A

Queen Anne's vs. Glenelg, 1

Class 4A-3A Severna Park vs. Seneca Valley, 3

State finals (At UMBC)

Tuesday's game

Class 4A-3A, 8

Wednesday's game

Class 3A-2A-1A, 6

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