Hereford boys headed to 3A-2A championship game

Bulls will play River Hill Wednesday at UMBC

May 22, 2010|By Craig Clary, North County News

Tyler Dimes scored four goals and added five assists in a 15-7 victory over Parkside to propel Hereford to the Class 3A-2A state final Saturday afternoon at Annapolis High.

The Bulls (18-1) pulled away in the second half, earning a chance for a third straight state title when they meet River Hill in the title clash at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at UMBC.

A day after the senior prom, Dimes took control of numerous opportunities created by quick ball movement against the Rams (15-3) from Wicomico County.

"A lot of us were definitely tired, but we started moving and finding people on the crease," said Dimes, whose goal and three assists helped the Bulls build a 6-4 lead. "They kept leaving me open and I kept finding my friends."

Dimes scored off Vinnie DePaola's assist with 55 seconds left in the half to unknot a 4-4 deadlock, then assisted DePaola with one second remaining.

"Those two goals were backbreakers," Hereford coach Brian King said.

Another game-turning goal came from long-stick Matt Dusek after Parkside had rallied from a 2-0 first-quarter deficit for a 3-2 lead.

The Drexel University recruit tried to kill off a penalty with a length-of-field clear that shockingly bounced into the net after Dimes collided with Parkside goalie Mike Custis.

"I'll take it any way I can get," Dusek said.

Dusek and fellow senior defender Robbie Isenock each added assists in the second half when the Bulls outscored the Rams, 9-3.

Hereford freshman Joe Seider had three goals in the second half and University of Maryland-bound attackman Rustin Bryant chipped in with two goals and an assist.

Jason Andrews scored his second goal with 14 seconds left in the third quarter to thwart any Ram comeback hopes.

Parkside was led by sophomore Brady Dashiell (4 goals) and Mike Raffetto (2 goals).

Rams leading scorer Justin Aitas (57 goals, 23 assists) was held without a point by the Bulls' defense.

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