Unbeaten No. 5 Hereford (13-0) scored a goal in each half and relied on solid defense and midfield for a 2-1 victory over Dulaney (9-6) in the Baltimore County field hockey championship game at Lansdowne on Thursday night.
Senior Mary Claire Abbott scored on a penalty stroke with 7:36 left in the first half, and she assisted her twin sister, Caitlin, with 18:52 left in the second half for the game winner.
"I knew she was there," Mary Claire Abbott said. "We tend to know where each other is on the field. It's kind of like our twin telepathy, since we trust each other and I knew she was going to score that goal right after I hit it to her and she did a great job."
"They do work very well together, but normally during game play they are not side-by-side, unless it's a corner play, but they have managed to put quite a few goals together in tandem like that," Hereford coach Tammy Mundie said.
Dulaney tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Sara Sprinkel with 4:05 left in the first half. The goal stemmed from a penalty corner pass by Suzy Banister to Kati Williams, who fed it into Sarah Schaeffler and she tapped it back to Sprinkel for the diagonal shot.
Hereford got strong midfield play from Shannon Martello and Lacey Aghazarian, and the defense of Kendra Herbenar, Caitlin Abbott, Sarah Smith and goalie Jessie Lynch helped pitch a shutout the rest of the way.
Dulaney got solid defense from seniors Noelle Buchko, Charlotte Meredith and Emily Eddington, but fell to the Bulls for the fourth straight year in the county title game.
"The defense was three strong seniors and they will definitely be missed for next year, but we are going to use them for every second of every game possible for the rest of the regional play," Dulaney coach Kendra Zeller said. "They are doing a wonderful job working well together."The county title was Hereford's fifth straight and 14th in the past 17 years.
"They give us their best because I know they are tired of losing this game to us and I can't blame them," Mundie said. "It's a battle. It really could go either way and we've been fortunate to be on the winning side of it these last few years."
No. 1 Garrison Forest 5, Roland Park 1: Bayly Jarrett and Geagy Pritchard each scored twice to lead the visiting Grizzlies (16-0) past the Reds (5-11). Garrison beat Roland Park by the same score Sept. 20. The goal by Maggie Waxter was only the fourth goal scored on Garrison and the first since Oct. 1 in a 2-1 win over Notre Dame Prep.
No. 9 Archbishop Spalding 4, St. Paul's 1: Freshman Amy Wright scored two goals to power the host Cavaliers (15-4) past the Gators. Melissa Rize made eight saves for Spalding.
No. 4 Arundel 48, Severna Park 6: Jack Gordon completed 15 of 18 for 162 yards and two touchdown passes and he also had seven carries for 61 yards and another touchdown to power the host Wildcats (8-0). Arundel led 34-0 at the half.
Reginald F. Lewis 64, Bluford Drew Jemison 22: Donnie Neal had 18 carries for 141 yards and two rushing touchdowns and threw for another touchdown to power the host Falcons (7-1) past the Panthers. Lewis led 40-0 at halftime.
No. 1 Loyola 1, Archbishop Spalding 1: The host Cavaliers played the Dons (10-2-2) to a draw. Spalding's Nick McCrea and Loyola's Ryan Conrad each scored in the second half.
No. 2 McDonogh 1, No. 8 Mount St. Joseph 0: Matt Sanchez recorded his 11th shutout of the season and Matt Linardi scored the game-winner for the visiting Eagles (10-1-3). George Campbell played a through ball to Linardi who scored with his left foot from 25 yards out and 4:10 left in the game. The Gaels fell to 6-7. McDonogh's defense has given up three goals all season.
No. 8 Catonsville 8, North County 1: .Jennifer Nonn and Lila Nazarian each had hat trick to power the visiting Comets (12-1) past the Knights.
No. 2 Centennial d. Reservoir, 3-1: Trish Mockapetris had 22 kills and Lexi White-Torruellas had 34 assists for the host Eagles (11-0). Centennial won, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-18.