No. 8 Hereford outlasts Dulaney in shootout for Baltimore County field hockey championship



by Katherine Dunn
When Friday night’s Baltimore County field hockey championship went to a shootout, Hereford goalie Sara Hallameyer said she didn’t know whether to cry or throw up.
The senior had never played in a shootout, but with her No. 8 Bulls tied with 9th-ranked Dulaney, 1-1, after 60 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, that was the only way to decide a winner.
The teams stayed even through six rounds of one-on-ones in the shootout. Sudden death began with the sixth shooter. Hereford’s Grace Noone started the seventh round with a goal for a 3-2 Bulls’ lead, so if Hallameyer saved the next shot, the Bulls would win.
As Dulaney’s Anna Simoes battled to get the ball past Hallameyer, the goalie committed a foul, so the Lions were awarded a penalty stroke. Any player on the team could take the stroke, so the Lions turned to their top player Sydney Snyder.
Even with all of that pressure, Hallameyer did not cry or throw up. She batted away Snyder’s shot, giving the host Bulls their second straight county championship and their ninth in 11 years.
The adrenaline rush had Hallameyer bouncing all over the field after the victory — 2-1 with one point for the 3-2 shootout win.
“It was insane,” Hallameyer said. “I just took it ball by ball. I remember we played them the first game of the season and [Snyder] took a stroke. I blocked that one too so I thought, ‘You’ve done it once, just do it one more time.’”
Bulls senior Anna Brandt said, “Sara did fabulous She’s a great goalie under pressure, always composed. She knows her position within the goal… It’s always great to have a reliable keeper in the cage organizing things. She was really able to take the pressure and use that to her advantage.”
The Bulls (11-2 overall) and Lions (10-3), who have met in 10 of the past 11 county championships, split their regular-season meetings this fall. Friday night, they needed two and a half hours to decide the title.
In the first round of the shootout, in which the teams alternate an attacker going one-on-one with the goalie from above the circle, each team scored twice. Noone and Katie Martino scored for the Bulls. Simoes and Audrey Dickens scored for the Lions.
In the first round of sudden death, Dulaney goalie Allie Mercer stopped Martino’s penalty stroke and then Dickens fired her shot wide.
Hallameyer and Noone sealed a victory that, until the final four minutes, seemed certain to go to Dulaney.
The Lions, who won their last county title in 2017, dominated about 75 percent of regulation, taking an early lead on a set up from by Snyder, who played a terrific game with contributions all over the field. Snyder fired a shot that Hallameyer saved. Simoes, however, scored off the rebound from the far side.
Hereford coach Caitlin Duvall called a timeout with 9:24 left in regulation and her talk seemed to finally jump start the Bulls’ offense.
After missing a couple of opportunities on penalty corners earlier in the half, the Bulls staged a break away. Brandt passed the ball across the circle and Morgan Hackett got behind Hallameyer on the far side to tie the game at 1-1 with 3:02 left.
“We changed our formations to try to fill some gaps in our play,” Duvall said of her timeout speech. “I told them, ‘Trust the process. It’s going to work out,” and they adapted wonderfully and had faith in what I was asking them to do. They were able to capitalize on a play we’ve been working on all season.”
Dulaney assistant coach Brittany Jackson, filling in for head coach Lauren Iacoboni, said her team’s man-to-man coverage broke down on the fast break, something that doesn’t usually happen. Otherwise, she was happy with her team’s performance.
“I told them, ‘I don’t want to see a single tear. There’s nothing to be sad about at all,’” Jackson said. “They played excellent hockey. Their communication was there, their passes were wonderful. We did everything we wanted to do. If we’re going to lose, I’d rather go out losing to a team like that. Hereford’s great competition. We have fun with them every year, a little rivalry back and forth.”
at Hereford
Hereford 2, Dulaney 1 
(Hereford wins shootout 3-2)
Goals: H—Morgan Hackett; D—Anna Simoes.
Assists: H—Anna Brandt; D—Sydney Snyder.
Saves: H—Sara Hallameyer 8; D—Allie Mercer 5.
Hereford 0  1 0  0  1—  2
Dulaney  1  0   0  0  0 —  1
Shootout goals: H—Grace Noone, Katie Martino; D—Audrey Dickens, Anna Simoes.
Sudden death shootout goal: H—Grace Noone.
Recent Baltimore County field hockey championship results
2019 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 2-1 (3-2 shootout)
2018 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 1-0
2017 – Dulaney def. Hereford, 4-3 OT
2016 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 3-0
2015 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 1-0
2014 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 4-0
2013 – Dulaney def. Catonsville, 2-1
2012 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 2-1
2011 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 2-0
2010 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 1-0
2009 – Hereford def. Dulaney, 1-0