Hereford showed No. 13 Fallston why possession is so important in boys lacrosse.
The visiting Bulls repeatedly kept the ball for long stretches to slow the potent Fallston offense and stay in control throughout. Trey Hilberg had four goals and an assist and Ryan Rock added four assists to help Hereford end the Cougars' six-game winning streak with a 10-8 victory last night.
Hereford (8-2) routinely held the ball for two or three minutes at a time - sometimes even longer. Keeping Fallston (9-2) on defense so often helped the Bulls take a 10-3 lead in the fourth quarter before the Cougars scored five times in the final 2:03 after Hereford coach Carl Runk had put in some reserves.
"We wanted to try and slow it down a little bit on the offensive end," Runk said. "We've got a young team, but we have a seasoned attack, and they controlled things out there for us."
The Bulls outworked Fallston throughout, beating the Cougars to ground balls, making clears difficult and taking advantage of numerous turnovers. Peter Green and Billy Stafford each added two goals for Hereford, which turned a 3-2 halftime lead into a blowout in the fourth quarter.
Hereford manufactured numerous scoring chances, and it would have been worse if Fallston goalkeeper Brad Motley (12 saves) hadn't made several tough stops.
"That was the difference - possession," Fallston coach Ryan Arist said. "If we don't have the ball, we can't score ... and we were giving them second, third and fourth chances."
The game turned in the third quarter as Hereford had possession for most of the first six minutes of the period. The Bulls simply kept waiting and looking for the open man, and Green scored twice in the span of 1:25 while Hilberg added a goal 58 seconds later. Stafford scored later for a 7-2 lead.
Hereford was upset after blowing a five-goal second-half lead in a loss to Catonsville this week, and the Bulls weren't going to let it happen again. Andy Thrasher (four goals) and Luke Raab (three goals, one assist) sparked the late rally, but Fallston ran out of time.
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Sun reporters contributed to this article.