Hereford upends E. Tech, stays unbeaten in 2A-1A

Henninger scores 4 goals in Bulls' 13-2 victory

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 28, 2004|By Brendan Glaccum | Brendan Glaccum,SUN STAFF

The rain and heavy wind held off until just after the final whistle in the Eastern Tech and Hereford boys lacrosse game yesterday. The floodgates opened much sooner.

In a contest pitting the two Baltimore County 2A-1A unbeatens, the visiting Bulls rolled to a 13-2 victory behind runs of 4-0 and 9-0. The win puts the Bulls (7-1, 5-0) firmly in position to repeat as league champions with four league games to play.

Eastern Tech fell to 5-2, 5-1, getting a first-hand glimpse of a Hereford squad that features a number of future Division III players and is playing with possibly its greatest focus of the season.

Eight players scored for the Bulls, led by four goals from attackman Kyle Henninger and two apiece from attackmen Mike Myslinski and Bret Yoder. Yoder also recorded four assists and Myslinski added two.

Hereford, last season's 2A-1A state champion, dominated possession from the start, winning the opening faceoff and 15 of 19 for the game.

The Bulls remain the only 2A-1A team without a league loss.

"We knew we had a good team this year," Yoder said. "We only lost five seniors from last year. We returned a lot of good players. We're ready to make another run at it."

The Bulls took several minutes to get their offense going, but began to click late in the first quarter and held a 2-0 advantage entering the second. From there, they struck for two quick scores, one on a feed from Henninger to Yoder, the next from Yoder to Henninger, making the score 4-0 early in the second.

Eastern Tech's Steve Myerholtz made it 4-1 following a tripping penalty on Hereford's Myslinski, but the Mavericks struggled to solve Hereford's defense and goalkeeper Quinn Curtis, who made nine saves.

"The kids from Eastern Tech were really just a few shots away from us having ... a close game," Hereford coach Carl Runk said. "We had a couple lucky breaks where we were able to score. I have some key players at nice positions. They came through for us."

The Bulls responded to Myerholtz's score with three more of their own before the half and six straight in the second half to blow it open.

Hereford has now won four straight since a 12-5 loss to Friends earlier this month, its only loss of the season.

"We have to be prepared for everything," Yoder said. "We came out so flat the [Friends] game. We all came back into town from spring break. Half our people were out of town and you need more commitment. We're all committed now and we're playing great."

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