When you have reliable shooters and a solid faceoff game to go along with a brick wall in cage that stops toughest of shots, then you’re going to succeed.
Those are the key ingredients that the Hereford men’s lacrosse team has. And the Bulls didn’t take long to put those talents on display against rival Towson High on Thursday evening.
Junior Grafton Griffey (4 goals ) and senior JD Nozemack (3 goals, 1 assist) provided the scoring output for the Bulls, combining 7 goals, that guided Hereford (9–2) to a 8–4 victory over the Generals.
Griffey wasted no time to put the Bulls on the board first. Then Nozemack followed. And shortly after the senior who is committed to Monmouth University, found Henry Traynor and Hereford was rolling with a 3–0 lead.
Hereford did a good job of controlling possession throughout the game by getting the ground balls immediately from the faceoffs.
And goalie John Talbott (Committed to Elizabethtown) was amazing between the pipes, making a 11 saves total.
Towson did some good things as well. The Generals are well coached and have a slew of talent on both sides of the field. Rob Welling, Mason Hickman and Grant Kuhn did a good job of keeping Towson in the game with some pivotal goals.
And the Generals also got some great coverage in the cage by Matt Simmons.
But the third quarter was where Hereford pulled away. The Bulls scores three unanswered goals thanks to Griffey, who scored two including a extra man goal, and Nozemack put one away. And the Bulls were up by five goals.
Kuhn would score before the end of the third quarter. And then Kuhn fed a nice pass to Cole McNulty to cut the Hereford lead down to three goals late in the final quarter.
But just as Towson was gaining some momentum, Hereford was able to win the faceoff and the ball eventually found Nozemack’s stick and the senior sealed the Bulls ninth win on the season.
It was a really tight game throughout and both teams battled all four quarters. Both goalies performed well. The hot start by the Bulls in the first and third quarters were the difference though.
But both of these teams could very likely see each other again in the postseason.
Bulls coach Sal Picataggi has the Hereford team playing great lax and have the ingredients to bring home their first state title since 2013.