Hereford’s offense took more than seven minutes to get on the board in the Baltimore County boys lacrosse championship game, but once they got rolling they didn’t stop.
They scored 11 of the game's first 12 goals, en route to an 11-5 win over Dulaney (12-6) at Franklin High on Saturday evening.
The county crown was the fifth straight for the Bulls (20-1) and the victory was their 20th straight this season.
Jack Adams (4 goals, 1 assist) got the scoring started when he dented the net with 4:31 left in the first quarter.
“It’s always important to get the first goal,” Adams said. “We got the jitters out and we started to clam down and get into our offense.”
Andrew Fisher won the next faceoff and scored eight seconds later and Adam Cerebelli and Adams scored again, before the Lions got on board when Carter Cameron converted a feed from Robbie Mathey to close the first quarter.
Fisher won eight straight faceoffs in the first half and helped the Bulls dominate time of possession and they tallied three more unanswered goals (Cerebelli, Ryan Jones and Adams) in the second quarter when the lead swelled to 7-1 by halftime.
Mathey scored three goals in the final four minutes after he assisted on a goal by Keegan Colegrove for Dulaney earlier in the fourth period.
Hereford coach Brian King praised the midfield play of Fisher, Conor Williams and Joe Shaffer, who were supported by defenders Mat Groff, Josh Reider, Eli Hess and Kemp Ensor and goalies Conor Cunningham (5 saves) and Brock Turnbaugh (5 saves).
The goalies each played a half as the Bulls strive for a sixth straight state championship.
“They like to compete and they get along and they are both awesome,” King said. “Conor had a great first half and Brock came in a had a great second half.”
Dulaney’s defense of Gavin Scanlan, Matt Eibl and Patrick Larkin and goalie Burke McManus did a solid job considering they faced 40 Hereford shots, compared to the Lions 26.
“They really had a good game plan for us and they came out ready to play,” Adams said.
Goals: Adams 4, Jones 2, Cerebelli 2, Ashwood 1, Fisher 1, Seider 1
Assists: Endres 1, Adams 1, Seider 1
Goals: Matthey 3, Carter 1, Colegrove 1
Assists: Mathey 2.