Hereford routs Middletown, 14-7, to win 3A-2A boys lacrosse title

No. 7 Bulls strike early on way to fourth straight state championship

May 24, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

This time of year, loud cowbells can be heard in the stands at UMBC Stadium.

It has been that way the past four seasons, a sound that means one thing: The Hereford boys lacrosse team is winning another state title.

The No. 7 Bulls made it four straight championships Tuesday, dominating Middletown from Frederick County with a steady flow of first-half goals in the Class3A-2A final that resulted in a 14-7 win for the program's seventh crown.

In finishing with a 19-1 mark — their only loss coming at the hands of 2A-1A state champion Glenelg, 6-5, on April 23 — the Bulls scored 13-plus goals a game while yielding an average of three. On Tuesday, Tyler Dimes (five goals, two assists), Joe Seider (two goals, two assists) and Morgan Pritchett (two goals, one assist) kept the cowbells clanging the most. Midfielder Ted Demiris gave the attack opportunities with a dominant performance on faceoffs, winning 18 of 23 for the game.

"Our seniors, the ones that came up with me on sophomore year, we are 70-something and 3," Dimes said. "And to win states three times in a row … when we won, I was at a loss for words. I was just smiling. It hits you really hard and you're like, ‘Yes, we just won states.' "

It took little time for it to be apparent that the Bulls felt at home on the big stage, while Middletown, making its first state title-game appearance, was uncomfortable with the unfamiliar surroundings.

With goals coming from four scorers — Seider and Dimes scoring the last two in a 40-second span in the first 1:26 of play in the first quarter — the Bulls had a 4-1 advantage going into the second.

When Dimes cut in front and took a pass from Jack Adams, scoring one minute into the second quarter to make it 5-1, the Bulls continued to show they were more skilled and experienced than the Knights. Seider scored his second goal of the game 43 seconds later, and the lead would grow to 10-2 by the halftime.

"No one outworks us. We might mess up a few ground balls and a pass here and there, and we might miss shots, but you don't get outworked ever," Dimes said.

Goals: H—Pritchett 2, Stafford 2, Seider 2, Dimes 5, Ashwood, Demiris, Sanfilippo; M—Ottenritter, Gallaway, Michels, Duckett, Hansell, Verdi 2.

Assists: H—Seider 2, Pritchett, Adams, Dimes 2; M—Michels.

Saves: H—Cunningham 4, Yelle 1; M—Edelman 8.

Half: H, 10-2.

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