Hereford suffocates No. 17 Catonsville in second half, claims Baltimore County girls lacrosse championship repeat; Clarke scores 8 goals (VIDEO HERE!)

Hereford’s Libby May (right) is chased by Catonsville’s Addy Parrott during the second half of Saturday’s Baltimore County girls lacrosse title game. May scored five goals as the No. 9 Bulls remained undefeated with a 20-9 win over the 17th-ranked Comets at US Lacrosse’s Tierney Field in Sparks.

by Donald Daniels

The early minutes of Saturday’s Baltimore County girls lacrosse championship trended in the direction of an offensive explosion.

Then, Hereford High dropped a bomb. The 9th-ranked Bulls dominated Catonsville over the final 25 minutes the second half, routing the No. 17 Comets, 20-9. at US Lacrosse’s Tierney Field in Sparks.

Sophomore Lindsay Clarke led the way the with an impressive eight goal and one assist performance. Libby May and Isabella Peterson had five and four goals, respectively.

The Parkton school outscored Catonsville, 10-2, securing its second league title. The Bulls are 16-1 in league play over the last two seasons.

Hereford can thanks its defense for slowing down the Comets.

“We really knew who we had to watch, so we really focused on them not scoring,” said Bulls senior defender Rachel Saunders “I would go on my girl and would call my defense, ‘Guys come, I’m leaving,’ and then I would go and double, so we always sent one to go.”

“They [Catonsville] had three girls that we wanted to focus on,” Hereford coach Anne Ensor said. “So in the second half we really wanted to take the ball out of their hands and have the offensive go through other players.”

The Bulls’ offense was in the zone early, scoring five straight goals on as many shots for a 5-2 advantage. Catonsville answered with a 5-2 run, with scores from Sophi Wrisk, Lindsey Marshall and Anna Kearney, tying the contest.

Peterson, May and Clarke each notched free position tallies to regain the lead for Hereford. The Bulls scored the first 7 goals in the second half to cease command.

When the Comets (11-3-1) were able to get free position chances during the run, they were halted by Lindsay Posner who had record 11 saves.

“The defense did a good job of getting to the stick, so I think the shooters were rushed and it gives the goalie a much better chance and Lindsay did a great job,” Ensor said. “Posner was dipping her stick at first and then she was coming out high and I think she had three of four saves that could have swung the momentum very quickly.”

Wrist and Kearney each finished with hat tricks for Catonsville, which lost to Hereford earlier in the season. Lindsay Marshall tallied twice.

Comets coach Cantey Bailey said Hereford mentally wore her squad down.

“We let their physicality get to our heads and I thought we were ready for it, but we let it get to our heads,” Bailey said. “This doesn’t count for our state record, it’s for bragging rights and they definitely deserved it and very good for them, but after every goal we have our team bring it in and we say ‘Goldfish,’ you let it go because a goldfish has a 10-second memory, so I said you have to goldfish this loss right here.”

The Comets and Bulls will focus on the state region playoffs which start this week. Hereford lost to Glenelg in the Class 2A state final last spring.

“I’m most confident in every single part [of our team]. There is no part that we are really lacking,” said Saunders. “We have played tougher teams that have taken out Isabel and Libby, who seem to be our star players on attack and then our other attackers really step up.”

Baltimore County girls lacrosse championship

at US Lacrosse

No. 9 Hereford 20, No. 17 Catonsville 9

Goals: Catonsville – Sophi Wrisk 3, Anna Kearney 3, Lindsey Marshall 2, Abbi Boehl; Hereford – Lindsay Clarke 8, Libby May 5, Isabella Peterson 4, Jordan Peterson 2, Martha Kaestner

Assists: Catonsville – Boehl, Wrisk; Hereford – May 2, Clarke, Chloe Parker

Saves: Catonsville – Naomi Lauderbaugh 6, Astrid Jensen; Hereford – Lindsay Posner 11

Catonsville 7 2 – 9

Hereford 10 10 – 20