In Sunday's Harford Men's Summer Lacrosse League title game, the Hinder Ford squad came through with a 12-8 victory over the Brick Bodies side to capture its second straight league crown.
Holding a narrow 7-5 lead at the halftime whistle, the winners exploded for five goals in the third frame to put the game away. Hinder Ford failed to score in the final quarter, but Brick Bodies' two-goal effort proved not to be enough.
Hinder Ford goalkeeper Brian Vierheller, who was named finals MVP after the game, posted 13 saves in the championship match-up.
Leading the way for the title winners was Jason McFadden, who came through with a five-goal, one assist performance. Matt Giannelli scored three goals in the victory, while Alex Walsh had one goal and one assist. Adam Hegelin, Thomas Hinder and Owen Jordan all scored once for the Hinder Ford side, while Graham Archer contributed one assist.
Eric Kuehn scored a hat trick and dished out one assist for Brick Bodies, while teammate Tommy Holland had a three-goal showing as well. Josh Gerber and Hugh Donovan both netted one goal in the loss.
Frank Cicero and Jim Dyches split time in the Brick Bodies' goal, picking up five and four saves, respectively.
To earn their spot in the title game, the Hinder Ford men had to get past the Under Armour squad in the semifinal round, which they did with an 11-7 victory.
Hinder Ford was trailing 5-3 heading into the halftime break, but a strong defensive effort helped hold Under Armour to just a pair of second-half goals, while the winners exploded for eight tallies.
McFadden was the winning side's top offensive force, scoring five times. Luke Phipps scored once and had a team-high two assists, while Pat Little, Giannelli and Archer all had one goal and one assist. Hegelin and Kevin Hinder each netted one goal in the victory, while Thomas Hinder posted one assist.
Vierheller was credited with 11 saves.
Leading the Under Armour team was Rich Schwanke, who had three goals and one assist. Pat Stringer scored twice in the loss, while David Miller put up one goal and one assist. C.J. Fowler put away a single goal for Under Armour, while teammate Will Phillips had one assist.
Under Armour goalies Grant Kovach and Rich Bruno had seven and three saves, respectively.
In Saturday's opening round of contests, Hinder Ford advanced by topping Bill Bateman's 10-6.
The Hinder men were hot in the opening frames, running out to an 8-2 lead by the halftime whistle.
McFadden led the way, scoring two goals and handing out a pair of helpers, while Jordan scored a pair of goals. Phipps and Thomas Hinder both had one goal and one assist, while Kevin Hinder and Brian Zink scored once each. Giannelli led the winners in assists with three, while Mike Hinder picked up one assist.
Bill Bateman's scoring was well spread out, with Gordie Long, Matt Rayburn and Zac Linkous each finding the Hinder Ford goal twice.
Vierheller picked up nine saves in the victory, while Bill Bateman goalie Ben Richards had 14 saves.
Brick Bodies advances
The Brick Bodies team secured its spot in the championship match-up by dropping the Just Extreme Graphics team 10-6.
Following a slow opening quarter that saw each team post just one goal, the winners outscored their opponents 4-1 to take a 5-2 halftime lead.
Josh Gerber scored a hat trick and handed out one assist to lead the winning side, while Phil Rossetti registered two goals and one assist. Tommy Holland and Eric Kuehn scored two goals apiece in the win, while Chris Ogle had one goal and one assist. Nick Thompson led Brick Bodies in assists with two, while Tim Castaldo put up a single assist.
Brad Wilson's two-goal effort was enough to lead the Just Extreme team, while Ben Wilson and Brian White both posted one goal and one assist. Ken Reid and Taz Stewart had one goal each in the loss.
In the Brick Bodies goal, Jim Dyches had seven saves, while Frank Cicero saved five shots. Bryan Burrill tended the Just Extreme net, putting up 15 saves in the process.
On Saturday, Brick Bodies came through with an opening-round, 14-6 win over the Chops Grille team.
The victors were up 8-4 at the halftime break, then outscored Chops 4-0 in the third frame.
Pacing the Brick Bodies offense was Kuehn, who had a five-goal performance. Gerber was close behind with four goals and one assist, while Holland and Dan Gerber both had a pair of goals. Rossetti scored once and dished out a team-high two assists.
Adam Larrimore scored a hat trick to lead the Chops side. Dan Rew scored twice in the loss, while teammate Jeremy Knapp posted one goal.
Dyches posted eight saves in the victory, while Chops goalkeeper Justin Foudos had 15 saves.
Under Armour over Fallston Seafood
Saturday's opening round of games saw the Under Armour squad earn a spot in the next day's semifinal round by dropping the Fallston Seafood men, 9-3.
Trailing 2-1 after one quarter of play, the winners outscored Fallston Seafood 4-0 in the second frame to take a 5-2 lead into the halftime break.