The No. 6 Hereford boys lacrosse team bullied past the competition at Fallston's Fred Sheckells tournament Wednesday, defeting Dulaney 12-3 in the championship game after cruising past No. 11 Winters Mill in the semifinals.
Junior attackman Joe Seider scored four goals and added an assist in the title game. Morgan Pritchett had two goals and an assist, and Freddy Bryant chipped in a goal and two assists. After opening the season with a loss to Gilman, the four-time defending Class 3A-2A state champion Bulls have won five straight.
"It's a couple of great wins, but we can't make it a real big deal because it's still early in the season," said Seider, who also scored three goals in the Bulls' 15-2 win over Winters Mill. "We still have 10 games left in the regular season, so we really have to focus on getting better and what's going to happen in late May. We're really just looking forward to winning a state championship."
Hereford had its way at both ends, scoring the game's first five goals against Baltimore County rival Dulaney.
Dominating on faceoffs, quicker to ground balls and spreading the scoring around, the Bulls got goals from five different players before the Lions scored with 7:02 left in the second quarter.
After Seider made it 6-1 with his second goal of the game 4:43 before halftime, the Lions got a goal from senior Nick Benhoff with six seconds left to cut the lead to 6-2 at the break. But the Bulls came out with the first four goals in the second half to build their lead to 10-2 early in the fourth quarter.
Pritchett and Ryan Jones each scored three goals for Hereford in the semifinal.
Dulaney reached the final with an 8-7 upset win over No. 15 Fallston.
In the consolation game, Winters Mill (5-1) overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat the host Cougars, 8-6.
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