Bryant, Hereford rally to beat Fallston in boys lacrosse

Spring sports

Senior scores tying, winning goals as Bulls prevail, 15-14, in OT

May 17, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Trailing by two goals with three minutes to play in Monday's Class 3A-2A West regional semifinal game, the Hereford boys lacrosse team showed poise in a challenging test against visiting Fallston.

The two-time defending state champion Bulls turned to a familiar hero — standout senior attackman Rustin Bryant — to help move to Wednesday's regional title game.

Bryant scored the tying goal with 1:26 left in regulation, and then, patiently parked behind the cage, he came racing out to the left side and went high to score the game-winner 52 seconds into overtime to give the No.6 Bulls a thrilling 15-14 win over the No.13 Cougars.

Bryant finished with four goals and four assists, and junior goalie Chris Yelle made a big save with six seconds left in regulation as the Bulls improved to 17-1 and avenged their only loss of the season. On March 26, the Cougars (13-3) came away with a 11-10 win over the Bulls.

"Our defense played real well at the end of the game; we needed two stops, and they made them to give us the ball again," Bryant said. "I went high, and I heard the crowd and I was just excited. It was a great feeling."

Tied at 7 at the half and in a one-goal game either way for much of the contest, the Cougars took a 14-12 lead when standout senior midfielder Mikey Antinozzi (six goals, one assist) scored with 5:24 to play. Chuck Stafford scored with the Bulls on a man advantage to cut the lead to one with 2:23 left before Bryant tallied the last two goals.

It's the second straight year the Bulls have been able to avenge their only loss of the regular season in the playoffs, beating Towson last season in the regionals on their way to the state title.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Girls lacrosse

No. 10 Marriotts Ridge 18, Reservoir 8: Emily Cooke had four goals and two assists as the Mustangs (15-1) defeated the Gators to advance to the Class 3A-2A South semifinals. Marriotts Ridge will play the winner of Mount Hebron and River Hill on Wednesday.

Baseball

No. 5 Atholton 2, Wilde Lake 1, 9 inn.: Jared Hand's hit to right field with runners on second and third in the ninth inning drove in the winning run in the Raiders' victory over the Wildecats in a Class 3A East playoff game. Up next for Atholton (18-4) is the winner of the Northeast-Stephen Decatur game.

No. 11 Fallston 4, Elkton 3: Zach Knudson hit a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to vault the host Cougars (15-6) into the Class 2A East quarterfinals and past the Golden Elks. Fallston will play the winner of Bel Air and North East on Wednesday.

Softball

No. 2 Chesapeake-AA 11, Great Mills 0: Nikki Mantheiy gave up just one hit and struck out 11 as the top-seeded Cougars (19-2) pounded the Hornets in Class 4A East. The Cougars will host Glen Burnie on Wednesday.

No. 5 C. Milton Wright 13, Towson 0: Brittany Stein allowed only one hit as the host Mustangs (20-2) shut out the Generals. C. Milton Wright, seeded third in Class 3A North, will play the winner of Hereford and Poly on Wednesday.

No. 6 Glenelg 19, Long Reach 0: Amanda Segrist homered twice as the Gladiators (19-2) blanked the Lightning in Class 2A South. No. 3 seed Glenelg will face the winner of Patuxent and Douglass on Wednesday.

No. 8 Franklin 10, Catonsville 0: Mary Sobota struck out 13 in her ninth shutout of the year as the host Indians (19-0) advanced past the Comets in Class 3A North. Top seed Franklin will play the winner of Patapsco and North Harford.

No. 9 Lansdowne 24, Edmondson 0: Kelli Pease homered three times as the third-seeded Vikings (15-2) routed the Red Storm in Class 2A North. Lansdowne will play the winner of Chesapeake-BC and Eastern Tech on Wednesday.

No. 10 Glen Burnie 10, Meade 0: Melanie Slowinski allowed just one hit and struck out 12 as the fourth-seeded Gophers (11-5) defeated the Mustangs in Class 4A East.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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