Each time Howard's Cody Ford steps onto the field, he is expected to score. The man-up specialist for the Lions took full advantage of his limited minutes on Wednesday.
The junior attackman scored four times, including the game-winning goal in overtime, propelling Howard to an 8-7 victory over host Marriotts Ridge in a pivotal Howard County lacrosse matchup.
The Lions improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the league, while the Mustangs dropped to 5-3 and 3-3.
Senior Sam Hebner scored four goals for Marriotts Ridge, which was coming off a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in triple overtime to Reservoir last Friday.
Ford scored on a goal assisted by Nick Striebich with 56.9 seconds left in regulation to put Howard ahead 7-6, but Marriotts Ridge responded when Heb-ner scored with 13 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The Mustangs put three shots on goal in the extra session before Ford was able to connect on the game-winner.
Owings Mills 12, Hammond 5: Six players scored goals to lead the Eagles over the Golden Bears.
Chesapeake-AA 3, No. 4 South River 1: A seventh-inning rally led the Cougars to an upset victory over the Seahawks (9-3).
Defense and pinpoint pitching dominated early as the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when South River's Jake Gratz led off with a single and Gabe Vertucci's single two batters later brought home courtesy runner Jake Donaldson.
Chesapeake turned the tables in the seventh, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Austin Karls and two bases-loaded walks. Andrew Spinnenweber got the win for Chesapeake, allowing one run over six innings while striking out three. Chris Ruszin came on in the seventh and earned the save.
Craig Sheridan took the loss, yielding four hits and six strikeouts while walking five over six innings.
Gratz had two hits, as did Vertucci. Other hits came from Sheridan, Connor Cox and Brody Raimondo.
No. 5 Dulaney 5, Dundalk 4: The host Lions were down 3-1 going into the seventh inning but scored three to tie the game and one in the eighth to win. Bobby Donald had a triple and two RBIs in the win.
Reservoir 3, No. 15 Marriotts Ridge 0: Cody Morris helped the Gators hand the host Mustangs their second loss of the season. Morris had nine strikeouts and no walks, and also hit a double. Catcher Danny O'Hagan had a triple for Reservoir (6-3).
No. 9 Broadneck 14, Meade 2: Pitcher J.J. Rezendes had six strikeouts to lead the Bruins (8-3) over the visiting Mustangs. Brandon Vermillion had a triple for Broadneck, which also had three doubles.
No. 12 Mount St. Joseph 6, Archbishop Curley 1: Peter Crawford went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the host Gaels beat the Friars to improve to 9-8.
Atholton 5, Hammond 4: With the score tied at 4 leading into the seventh, Nick Raulin drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to push the visiting Raiders over the Bears.
Atholton's Brady Acker went 2-for-3 with two steals and a home run in the victory.
No. 8 C. Milton Wright 8, Harford Tech 3: Catherine Kim went 3-for-4 with three runs, a double and a stolen base as the visiting Mustangs beat the Cobras. Lauren Huffman also had a double.
Harford Tech took the lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Kaitlyn Vane and an RBI single by Alyssa Hockiday. C. Milton Wright responded with an RBI single by Jenny Lynch. The Cobras scored twice in the top of the third, one after a Mustangs error, but C.Milton Wright pulled away in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs.
Mustang pitcher Morgan Fulton pitched her third complete game and win in as many days, striking out four and holding the Cobras scoreless with only a single base runner (her only walk allowed in the game) over the final four innings.
No. 12 River Hill 4, Howard 3: Courtney Colosimo hit a walk-off double in the eighth inning to lead the Hawks over the Lions.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Katie Wilkinson hit a solo home run for Howard.
No. 6 Mount Hebron 22, Reservoir 2: Sam Brookhart had five goals and two assists to lead the Vikings over the host Gators.
Jamie Schwartz led Mount Hebron in assists with three and scored a goal.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article