Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Varsity Lacrosse: Hereford Bull Run Ends at Six

Kent Island's Patrick Garvey scores the decisive goal against Hereford (Photo / T. Flynn)

Arbutus, MD - The Hereford Bulls boys' varsity lacrosse team, generally considered the best public school team in Maryland, fell on Wednesday night, 8-6, to Kent Island in the 3A/2A title game at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC)

Kent Island benefited from exceptional work in goal by junior Dylan Abplanalp and on face-offs from senior Zach Goodrich.

Abplanalp had key back-to-back saves with eight minutes left in the fourth to preserve the Bucs' lead, and ultimately the victory. Later in the quarter as Kent Island (18-1) held fast to a one-goal margin, the junior again had a critical stop that kept the game from being tied, and kept Kent Island focused on running time off the clock.

Goodrich won approximately 80% of his draws and late in the game, as it remained tight, he didn't falter. With :18 seconds left in the fourth quarter he fought off a triple-team of Bulls (16-4) after winning the face-off, and drew a penalty in the process, effectively sealing Hereford's fate.

The win ended a six-year reign as champions for the Bulls. It was the fourth consecutive year the two teams faced off for the crown, and this year Kent Island finally will travel back east over the Bay Bridge with a trophy in hand. 

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