Hereford beats Dulaney, 9-2, for Baltimore County lacrosse title

Bulls appear to be peaking at right time heading into regionals

May 07, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, The Baltimore Sun

Hereford gave Dulaney some lessons in lacrosse in Saturday's Baltimore County Championship game.

The Bulls showed the Lions the importance of things like tough defense, possession, smooth passing and accurate shooting. No. 14 Hereford held Dulaney scoreless until late in the third quarter and captured its third consecutive county title with a 9-2 victory in the game at Franklin.

Tyler Dimes (three goals, two assists), Joe Seider (three goals, one assist) and Chuck Stafford (two goals) led the offense to a 3-0 lead after one and a 5-0 edge at halftime. Hereford (14-1) pushed the lead to seven goals before Dulaney's Tate Berman scored with 4:12 left in the third quarter.

Hereford coach Brian King's team now has won three straight games after seeing its 28-game winning streak snapped. King said he wants to see the Bulls playing well now that the regionals are starting at the end of this week.

"You've got to be peaking heading into the playoffs," King said.

Dulaney (10-5) would probably say that the Bulls are peaking. Hereford had to play defense for about the first five minutes of the game and then kept the ball for almost the entire first half after that. The Bulls showed patience on offense, waiting to set up plays, send cutters through the box and find good scoring chances.

Seider gave Hereford a 1-0 lead by scoring on a quick move in front of the crease with 6:06 left in the first quarter. The Bulls came right back and scored on their next shot when Dimes made another good move from behind the cage – just 31 seconds later.

Dimes then fed Seider at the top of the box, and the sophomore fired a shot past Dulaney goalie Alex Stansbury with 59.9 seconds left in the first period for a 3-0 lead. Stafford took a pass from Dimes for goal number four before Seider's goal with 3:21 left in the half stretched it to 5-0.

"We definitely needed to get settled [at first]," Seider said. "We were just trying to help out the defense because they were playing [so long]."

The long possessions clearly strained Dulaney and let Hereford take command. Stansbury kept the Lions close with his 15 saves.

"The length of possessions can change things," Dimes said.

Dulaney coach Kyle Fiat said Hereford's defense shackled his team as they rarely found good shooting chances or got chances to hold the ball.

"They were on our hands all day," Fiat said. "After that first possession, our offense never really got to the point where we kept possession."

Baltimore County Championship game

(at Franklin)

Hereford 9, Dulaney 2

Goals: D- Berman, Benhoff; H- Seider 3, Dimes 3, Stafford 2, Bittner. Assists: D- Benhoff; H- Dimes 2, Seider, Pritchett. Saves: D- Stansbury 15; H- Cunningham 2, Yelle 1. Half: H, 5-0.

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