Hereford champ of Balto. County

Bulls blank Dulaney, 3-0, for second title in row, avenge their only loss

Field hockey

High Schools

October 17, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Hereford field hockey team would not be distracted from its purpose.

Putting aside past performances and some rare trash-talking, the No. 4 Bulls thrashed No. 9 Dulaney, 3-0, for the Baltimore County championship in Parkton yesterday.

Three Hereford players scored, and senior attack Brianna Ryan assisted on all three against a Lions squad that surprised the Bulls in Timonium last month, winning, 3-2.

But several Hereford players said they didn't dwell on the past.

"That could've been a factor, but it was mostly because we had heart," said Ryan, whose team captured its second consecutive county title. "We worked so hard to prepare for this game. We wanted it."

As if the Bulls (13-1-1) needed any more motivation, they were aided by comments from several Lions, who warned Hereford to be ready after Dulaney (13-2) defeated Towson for a berth in the county title game.

"We heard what they said," said senior defender Krista Wisner. "No one comes on our home turf and pushes us around."

The only pushing yesterday was done by the Bulls, who seemed faster and more energized than Dulaney, which reached the county title game for the first time since 2000. That year's team shared the crown with Catonsville.

Yesterday's first half saw Hereford earn six penalty corners and outshoot the Lions 12-1.

The first goal came off the Bulls' fifth corner of the half. The ball settled in front of Dulaney junior goalie Kathleen Smith and a crowd of players. Ryan somehow pushed the ball left to senior defender Samantha Sebastian, who popped it into the left side of the cage with 10:50 left.

Hereford doubled its lead just 4:39 into the second half, Ryan centering a pass from right to left to sophomore midfielder Allison Dulin, who one-timed the ball into the net.

With 10:55 left, junior attack Becky Sebastian re-directed a shot by Ryan past Smith (10 saves).

Hereford's defense, which dealt Dulaney its first shutout this season, limited the Lions to just six shots. Junior goalie Amanda Polley had to make just three saves.

"I would take my defense and match them up with anyone," Bulls coach Tammy Mundie said.

Lions coach Karen Casperite said she noticed a difference between the teams' two meetings.

"The last time we played, it was wet and muddy. That slowed them down, and it was to our advantage," Casperite said. "Today, their stick work and passing [were] unbelievable."

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