By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/28/12
Junior Joe Seider scored the game-winner with 49 seconds left in overtime last night as host Hereford claimed a thrilling 11-10 victory over St. Paul’s School in the Kudda.com Game of the Week (see video at bottom of story).
The play was set up when Hereford junior defender Austin Brown made a key interception and clear. He made a pass to Jason Ashwood, who quickly dished the pass to Seider.
The win was significant for the four-time defending 3A/2A state champion Bulls, who scored a rare Baltimore Public School win over an MIAA team and evened their record at 1-1.
“Austin made a great play; I didn’t see it coming,” said Seider. “He jumped the pass ran down the field and connected with Jason. He got it right to me and I had the wide open shot.”
The Bulls opened the fourth quarter down by three goals until senior midfielder Morgan Pritchett put one between the pipes to make it 9-7. The Crusaders (3-3) answered back as Spencer Parks scored his third goal of the game.
Then, ESPNHS Top face off man Ted Demiris started to win some draws and the Bulls rallied, tying it with 26.4 seconds left in regulation on a goal by junior middie Jack Adams.
Hereford head coach Brian King was happy to see his team claw their way back into the game. “We have a good faceoff guy and we started clicking on offense,” he said. “We were able to chip away.”
St. Paul’s had the lead for the majority of the game as Casey Larkin scored four goals, and BJ Matheiss added three. Ashwood, Seider, and Pritchett each scored three for Hereford.
“They are a good team and they are well coached, they did a good job,” said St. Paul’s head coach Rick Brocato. “They made plays when they needed them we did make some mistakes and a good team capitalizes on that.”
The new conference alignment in the MIAA gave the teams in the conference the chance to schedule more out of conference games and Tuesday night’s game was a public school vs. the private school matchup, which many lacrosse fans had anticipated. Both coaches agree it’s good for the game.
“I think it’s great, I think we should do more of it,” Brocato said.
Coach King added, “Our goal is to win a state championship, and their goal is to win the MIAA. And I appreciate them for coming up and giving us the opportunity.”
Hereford – Pritchett 3g, Ashwood 3g, Seider 3g, Adams 1g, Freddy Bryant 1g
Sp. Larkin 4g, Parks 3g, Matheiss 3g