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Maryland Public championship: Kent Island dethrones Hereford in 3A/2A

Thursday, 22nd May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  
 

By Derek Toney
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/22/14

The reign is over. Kent Island ended Hereford’s six-year run as 3A/2A Maryland Public state champion Wednesday with an 8-6 victory over Hereford Wednesday night at UMBC.

Loyola University recruit Johnny Giuffreda, Matt Quinn and sophomore attack Luke Fromert each scored two goals for Kent Island (19-1 overall).

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Kent Island 2014 3A/2A State champions

Jason Ashwood and Matt Lewiseach had two goals to lead Hereford (17-4).

Kent Island got clutch play from junior goalie Dylan Abplanalp and dazzling game-clinching goal score from Guiffreda. It’s the first title for the Buccaneers after losses in the state semifinals the previous three seasons.

”I mean, as a freshman when we lost in the state semifinals against Middletown, I was like, ‘Wow, what just happened?’ … It didn’t feel like it was that big a deal,” said Giuffreda. “Then going on and on, losing two more times and then finally getting here, I look back on it and, wow, it’s better to win the state championship than to lose three times in a row.”

Ablplanalp helped end the Buccaneers’ playoff frustration, stopping Ashwood’s game-tying attempt with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining. Junior attack Stone Boone got a ground ball and made an over-the-shoulder pass to Matt Quinn with 25 seconds remaining.

Quinn found Pat Garvey who broke downfield with Giuffreda to his left. Garvey flicked the ball to Giuffreda, who put a strike past Hereford goalie Brock Turnbaugh with 18.8 seconds remaining.

Trailing 5-4, Kent Island pulled even on a goal from longstick defender JD Beck with 8 minutes, 49 seconds left in the third quarter. Jacob Hager snagged the rebound off a miss by Quinn, and put the ball back in the net, giving Buccaneers a 7-5 advantage with under a minute left in the their.

Hereford, which hasn’t lost a state postseason game since 2007, climbed to within one after Lewis’ second tally with 4:18 remaining in regulation. But the Bulls were unable to get another shot past the lanky 6-foot-2 Ablplanalp, who got his stick high to deny Ashwood.

“I knew he was coming high, didn’t go for the fake low, and made the save,” Abplanalp said.

It was the first loss in 10 title game trips for the Parkton school, which had its 36-game postseason win streak snapped. Junior attack Neil Lavietes had a goal and an assist for Hereford, and Towson recruit Adam Cerebelli finished with a goal.

“What’s happened in the past has happened in the past,” said King, who suffered his first playoff defeat since becoming Hereford coach in 2009. “Right now, it’s just pain for these guys for this season. Hopefully everybody will be able to look at the big picture, and I think we accomplished some great stuff.”

Kent Island 8, Hereford 6
Hereford 1 3 1 1 – 6
Kent Island 3 1 3 1 – 8

Goals: Hereford – Lewis 2, Ashwood 2, Lavietes, Ceribelli; Kent Island – Fromert, Quinn 2, Hager, Giuffreda 2, Garvey, Beck

Assists: Hereford – Ashwood, Lavietes, Endres, Tiller; Kent Island – Quinn, Fromert, Garvey

Saves: Hereford -Turnbaugh 10; Kent Island – Abplanalp 11

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