Fallston gave visiting Hereford an inkling of what it was in fo during the first 10 seconds of play in their Class 2A-1A, Region IV championship last night.
Dan Bowers controlled the faceoff, got the ball to Zack Karantonis, who gave it back, and Bowers drilled a shot past goalkeeper Anthony Radecki.
Bowers wound up with six goals, and 10 teammates got into the goal-scoring act, as the Cougars overwhelmed Hereford, 25-7.
"We were totally outclassed," said Hereford coach Dennis Sirman. "They play at a different level. That's a real strong team."
It was the 11th win in a row for Falston since an opening-game loss to St. Paul's, and the team averages about 20 goals a game. It had reached the final with a 16-3 win over Havre de Grace.
Hereford (9-4), had lost only to Towson, Friends, and Perry Hall before this one and had gained the final with a 10-goal fourth quarter during an 18-16 win over North Harford.
"We knew Havre de Grace was not enthusiastic about our game [Fallston had scored 27 on the Warriors in a regular-season game], so we told our guys to slow it down, run time off the clock," coach John Conley said.
"It was 6-0 at the half, and I told them then that was the last time I was asking them to slow it down. For this game, I told them not to worry about the score. Just go out and play good lacrosse."
It wasn't just good, it was outstanding. Domination on the faceoffs, sharp passes -- sometimes two or three more than might have been necessary before getting off a shot -- and excellent defense. It was a clinic.
Brad Baker led the attack with three goals and two assists. Bowers, the heart of the midfield, and defenseman Chip Turner were particularly impressive in their final home game, but they had a lot of company.
Todd Paradise shared the faceoff duties with Bowers and did equally well. Fred Scheckells stood out as a defensive midfielder. Zack Karantonis followed Bowers with three goals and three assists, and midfielder Jason Haslbeck contributed three goals and an assist.