In a game that began in a damp mist and ended in a deluge, Hereford continued its recent mastery of Dulaney with a thorough 14-4 victory over the Lions in stormy Parkton on Friday night.
While the Bulls' offense was clicking with beautiful passes in transition and accurate feeds to quick cutters around the goal, it was the defense that stopped Dulaney cold at the other end of the field.
After senior midfielder Sarah Dorl halved the Hereford lead to 6-3 with 8:02 remaining in the first half, the Lions (4-2) did not score again for more than 28 minutes.
Senior goalie MC Abbott was a major cause of the drought, especially in the second half when she recorded 10 of her 15 saves for the Bulls.
"MC played great," said Hereford coach Anne Ensor after Hereford pushed its record to 5-0-1 against Dulaney since 2009. "We just really played well. We were looking for each other on offense and were nasty on defense. Dulaney's really good. They just had a tough night."
Hereford (4-3) started as strong as it finished, jumping out to an early advantage on a goals by Noelle Funk and Caroline May, a sophomore midfield tandem that proved to be bad news for the Lions throughout the contest.
Although Funk's second goal was credited to her because she was closest to the Dulaney defender who deflected the ball past goalie Caroline Meegan, she and May were almost unstoppable.
Funk had five goals by halftime and finished with seven. May matched that number in assists and also scored once.
If that wasn't enough for the Bulls, senior midfielder Lacey Aghazarian exploded in the second half for four goals to put an exclamation mark on the rout.
Dulaney finally broke through when Dorl rifled in Dulaney's final goal with 4:33 to go.
"We just couldn't get anything going," Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow said. "When we finally won some draws in the second half, we couldn't finish."
Goals: (D)-Bundick 2, Dorl 2 (H)-Aghazarian 4, Ashwood 1, Karwacki 1, Funk 7, May 1
Assists: (D)-none (H)-Karwacki 2, May 7
Saves: (D)-Meegan 11 (H)-Abbott 15
Half: 7-3, H