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Hereford edges Catonsville for Baltimore County girls lacrosse title

Lacey Aghazarian scored with 1:50 left in the second overtime to give Hereford (11-4) a 13-12 sudden victory over Catonsville (13-2) in the Baltimore County District VI girls lacrosse championship game at Franklin High Saturday.

The county title was Hereford’s first since 2010, while Catonsville was trying to defend its county crown.
Aghazarian’s sixth goal of the game came 20 seconds after Catonsville’s Deb Milani whistled a shot off the top of the post.

The long rebound was scooped by Melissa Meehling and cleared to Sarah Ashwood, who raced straight to goal.

He shot was saved by Grace Campbell (11 saves), but Aghazarian corralled the rebound and drew a foul that earn her a free position opportunity for the game-winning goal.

“I was thinking someone has to pick it up and someone has to go and I felt it was my time.” Aghazarian said.

Ashwood, a two-time state champion in the 1,600 meters for the indoor track team, flaunted that running ability by kicking it into an extra gear during her crucial clear.

“It’s just, ‘this is all I’ve got left, so just put it out there,’” said Ashwood, who also had four goals and an assist.

Her final goal came in the first minute of the six-minute first overtime and broke an 11-11 tie after regulation.

She scored off a Caroline May (2 goals, 2 assists) feed.

With 1:51 left in the first overtime, Catonsville tied the score at 12-12 on a nifty assist from Lauren McDonald to Brooke Stevens (4 goals, 2 assists).

Hereford's Maria Cole thought she scored the go-ahead goal with 30 seconds left in the first overtime when she raked one into the net, but she was ruled in the crease and the game went to sudden death.

Milani (4 goals, 2 assists), who will play at the University of Maryland next year, won the first draw in the second overtime and weaved through five defenders before attempting the game-winning shot.

“You know a kid is that good when we have that much pressure on her and she is still scoring goals,” Hereford coach Ann Ensor said. “She is a top-notch player.”

One of Hereford’s scoring standouts, Noelle Funk, couldn’t play because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but Aghazarian and Ashwood stepped up and combined for nine goals.

“They stepped up and played well for them,” Catonsville coach Becky Clipp said. “They are quick and little and hard to guard, but I though our defense played very well, but they played a lot of defense.”

Hereford’s defense, anchored by goalie MC Abbott and supported by Jackie Howard, Emily May, Caitlin Abbott and Kendra Herbaner, also played solid against the potent Comet attack that also featured three goals by Jenn Nonn.

Catonsville fired 26 shots at Abbott, while Campbell faced 25 Bull salvos.

“That was just a good evenly-matched pair of teams,” Ensor said.

Scoring

Hereford 13
Goals: Aghazarian 6, Ashwood 4, May 2, Collachi 1
Assists: May 2, Ashwood 1, Tankersley 1
Catonsville 12
Goals: Milani 4, Stevens 4, Nonn 3, Flister 1
Assists: Milani 2 Stevens 2, McDonald 2

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