In South region, Hereford dismantles Loch Raven

Bulls triumph, 15-3, win third regional title in row

Class 2A-1A girls lacrosse

May 16, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Two down, one to go for Hereford's No. 3 girls lacrosse team.

The Bulls overwhelmed Loch Raven, 15-3, yesterday to win a third straight regional crown, their second in Class 2A-1A South.

That comes on the heels of the Baltimore County title, an unofficial championship but one the Bulls claim after going through the county's tougher division unbeaten. All that's left is to defend their state title.

"From the beginning of this year, all we wanted: county champ, regional champ and state champ," said Chrissy Rude, who led the Bulls with three goals and three assists.

"To get [the regional title] again, it's really good, especially since we know this is a peak year for us. We're ranked No. 3 and for a little school like Hereford, that's amazing. We're really trying to get everything we can out of this year."

The Bulls (15-1) certainly got everything they could out of yesterday's game at Loch Raven (11-4), where they rebounded after struggling to get by Towson, 11-8, in the semifinal.

Hereford scored the last 10 goals of the first half within 17 minutes to take an 11-1 lead.

"All I can say is they're excellent," said Raiders midfielder Christin Krejcik. "Their ball movement, their slides on defense, the way they play -- it's a DI level college game. Talent-wise, they're amazing. We played with as much heart as we could give, they're just the better team."

The Raiders, who last went to the final four in 1997, managed to hang tough early by winning the first three draws. Against the Bulls, who had beaten them, 13-5, during the regular season, they focussed on one strategy -- maintain possession for as long as possible.

"We thought if we could keep the ball more than them, we'd have a chance of winning," said Krejcik.

That worked briefly as the Raiders took shots on their first three possessions, but only one hit home.

Molly Rogers scored on a nice spin move to match Rude's opening goal, but the tie lasted only a little over a minute.

Hereford goalie Kitt Turnbaugh, who finished with 11 saves, stopped Laurie Goon's shot and Jessica Allen won the ground ball on a foul. Allen raced end-to-end for the goal and the Bulls were off.

Lauren Carls scored all three of her goals in the run. Rude added two more. Mollie Reese, Carrie Bateman, Mary Bateman and Scotty Hanley each scored single goals. Allen and Jenny Reese scored to open the second half, running the lead to 13-1.

The Bulls will meet Glenelg in tomorrow's 6 p.m. state semifinal at CCBC-Catonsville.

Catonsville 18, Franklin 15: Becky Clipp had 10 goals and two assists to lead the Comets (11-5) past the Indians (9-5) in the 3A-2A South final at CCBC-Catonsville.

The Comets, who also got 17 saves from Claire Castle, advance to meet No. 1 and four-time defending state champion Mount Hebron for the second straight year in the state semifinal at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Annapolis High.

In the final 1:20 of the first half, the Comets scored four goals to tie the game at 10-10 and rode that momentum to victory.

Dulaney 10, Parkville 4: Alice Hughey and Anna Boroweiki scored three goals each as the Lions defended their 4A-3A South regional title.

Katie Leland added three assists for the Lions (8-3-1), who will meet C. Milton Wright in the state semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Lions, who got 11 saves from goalie Livvy King, took a 4-1 lead, but Courtney Wernick managed to pull within 5-4 with about 12 minutes left. Dulaney scored the last five goals to put the game out of reach.

A year ago, the Lions defeated C. Milton Wright, 12-7, before falling to Severna Park in the final.

C. Milton Wright 8, Fallston 2: Senior midfielder Allison Smith scored the game's first three goals and added two assists as the host Mustangs (12-4) downed the Cougars in the 4A-3A North final.

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