Hereford routs South River, 9-4

Senior attackman Rustin Bryant leads way with 3 goals, 1 assist

  • Hereford's Cory Nettleton has the ball knocked away by a South River defender.
Hereford's Cory Nettleton has the ball knocked away by… (Doug Kapustin / Photo for…)
April 20, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

A balanced attack and sturdy play on defense led the No. 9 Hereford boys lacrosse team to an impressive 9-4 win over visiting South River in a game that showcased two defending state champions Monday night.

Senior attackmen Rustin Bryant led the way offensively for the two-time defending Class 3A-2A state champ Bulls, scoring the game's first two goals on his way to a three-goal, one-assist performance. Freshman Joe Seider added two goals and an assist, with Vince DePaola and Jason Andrews both scoring twice as Hereford improved to 9-1 on the season.

South River, which claimed last year's 4A-3A title, fell to 6-2.

The Bulls took a quick 3-0 lead before South River settled in to close the gap to 4-2 late in the first half. But DePaolo scored with six seconds left to send the Bulls into halftime with momentum and a 5-2 lead. After Bryant scored his third goal of the game in the third quarter, DePaolo, Seider and Andrews scored fourth-quarter goals to build a 9-2 advantage late in the game.

"It was real nice to play four good quarters," Hereford coach Brian King said. "We played a lot less defense and made some shots. We know they play some great lacrosse in Anne Arundel, so this was like a natural rivalry with us both winning last year, and we're grateful [South River] came up here."

The Seahawks, which lost a number of key standouts from last year's team to graduation, looked at the game as a chance to see how they stacked up against a perennial power among the public schools. Despite the setback, coach Paul Noone found positives in moving forward.

"Hereford plays fast and smart, and they're very well-coached," he said. "It puts things in perspective where we're at right now. We don't like coming all the way up here and getting whipped like this, but it shows where we're sitting. I like this team — we got some good kids that are working hard."

Goals: SR — Papetti 2, Lapaglia, Luiza; H — R. Bryant 3, DePaola 2, Andrews 2, J. Seider 2.

Assists: SR — Lee, Pappas; H — R. Bryant, Dusek, J. Seider.

Saves: SR — Willett 5, Sumpter 5; H — Yelle 1.

Half: H, 5-2

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