The numbers truly tell the story of how dominant No. 8 Hereford was in its 16-5 victory over No. 12 Marriotts Ridge in a Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse state semifinal Friday night at Annapolis.
The Bulls (18-1), who are going to try for a fourth consecutive state championship next week against the winner of Saturday's Kent Island-Middletown game, scored seven goals in the first quarter. Four of those goals came in the final 1:47, with Hereford getting three in a 12-second stretch to take a 7-2 lead.
But Hereford did more of the same in the third quarter. Marriotts Ridge (16-3) had slowly crept back, kept the Bulls scoreless in the second period and cut the lead to 7-5 in first minute of the third quarter. That's when Hereford awoke once more and blew the game open.
The Bulls quickly scored three goals in 32 seconds to make it 10-5. They later scored four goals in 3 minutes, 21 seconds as part of an eight-goal third quarter that ended the Mustangs' hopes. In the end, the Bulls scored the game's final nine goals.
"They've got speed everywhere," said Marriotts Ridge coach Dan Sageman. "Their trainer probably runs 4.5 40s."
Tyler Dimes (four goals, one assist), Chuck Stafford (three goals, one assist) and Joe Seider (three goals) led the way for Hereford on a night when the Mustangs stopped the Bulls at times, but not for long enough. Eight different Hereford players scored goals.
"A lot of times, our offense is a jumbled mess," Dimes said. "But it doesn't matter how it looks, we always have a man open."
Pat Serio led the Mustangs with three goals, and Ethan Tompkins scored one goal with three assists. Peter Bradley's goal 43 seconds into the third quarter cut the lead to 7-5, but it was all Hereford after that.
"We play open and fast," said Hereford coach Brian King. "We've got a lot of depth. We've got a lot of shooters."
South River 14, Wootton 13: Ben Chisholm had two goals and two of his three assists in a six-goal run that gave South River an early edge on Wootton en route to a 14-13 victory Friday night in a state Class 4A-3A boys lacrosse semifinal at Arundel.
The Seahawks (16-3) advance to meet the winner of Saturday's other state semifinal between Dulaney and Linganore for the state title Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.
After taking a 6-2 lead on a Chisholm goal to open the second quarter, the Seahawks overcame a huge Patriots advantage on faceoffs, a seven-save second half from Patriots goalie Andy Hoy and a furious comeback in the final eight minutes.
Dylan Luzia gave the Seahawks a 14-10 lead on a feed from Will Wagner with 7:23 left, but two goals from Wootton's Austin Shoenfeld and another from Chris Cornelius closed the South River lead to 14-13 with 1:39 to go. The Seahawks won the next faceoff, but the Patriots forced a turnover with about 15 seconds left. The Patriots, however, could not get off a shot to tie.
Luzia and Joey Papetti scored four goals each for the Seahawks, who won their only state title two years ago. Schoenfeld led the Patriots (12-6) with four.
Hereford 16, Marriotts Ridge 5
Goals: H- Dimes 4, Stafford 3, Seider 3, Adams 2, DePaola, Nettleton, Pritchett, Bittner; M- Serio 3, Bradley, Tompkins. Assists: H- Stafford, Dimes, Reider; M- Tompkins 3, Williams 2. Saves: H- Cunningham 6, Yelle 0; M- Schwarz 4, Binder 1. Halftime: H, 7-3.
South River 14, Wootton 13
Goals: SR—Papetti 4, Luzia 4, Chisholm 2, Wagner 2, Carr, Gibbs; W—Schoenfeld 4, Greenblatt 2, Doran 2, Kyle, King, Kelly, Brooks, Cornelius. Assists: SR—Chisholm 3, Wagner; W—Kyle, Kelly; Cornelius, Greenblatt, Doran. Saves: SR—Sumpter 6; W—Hoy 11. Half: SR, 6-4.