Category: Catonsville HS
Hereford overcomes a slow start offensively rout Catonsville, 15-4, for Baltimore County crown
by Gary Adornato
It may have been the 10:00 a.m. start or as head coach Anne Ensor later explained, championship game jitters, but for the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s Baltimore County Girls Lacrosse Championship Game, host Hereford was not firing on all cylinders offensively in its title battle with No. 16 Catonsville in Parkton.
During the early going, Catonsville (9-4) allowed just one shot by the No. 13 Bulls (15-1), forced several turnovers and forged a 1-0 lead on a free position tally by senior Leah Marshall, less than two minutes into the contest.
Hereford finally got on the board, with 14:33 left in the opening half, when sophomore Katie Blair netted a free position shot and it was all Bulls from that point on. They outscored the Comets 5-1 over the remainder of the first half and then dialed up 10 second half goals to win going away, 15-4.
“Whenever it’s a championship game, both teams get nervous and there were a lot of turnovers in that first half,” said Ensor. “I think we were getting shots, but their goalie is really good and she was getting to them.”
Following Blair’s ice-breaker, Libby May gave Hereford the lead for good when she converted an assist from junior Isabella Peterson, at the 10:11 mark. Peterson then scored the first of her four goals on the day and senior Kylie Nause, who scored a team-high five goals, made it 4-1. Marshall got Catonsville back on the board with 5:13 left in the half, again on a free position play, but Nause countered with her second score and the Bulls went to intermission with a 5-2 lead.
According to Catonsville coach Cantey Bailey, her defense did its job, but was forced to defend too much due to the Comets inability to score or maintain possession.
“We’re a high pressure defense and we were able to pressure and have them not make the passes they wanted or make a mistake,” said Bailey of the early going. “We were able to do that the first couple of minutes, but we weren’t able to capitalize on offense as it got going and we played too much defense.”
Hereford scored the first four goals of the second half, in a little more than six minutes, with Peterson netting three of them and May grabbing her second to stretch the Bulls’ lead to 9-2.
Sophomore Kolby Weedon scored Catonsville’s third goal with 12:34 remaining before the Bulls went on another four goal spurt, including two from Nause, to ice things.
According to Nause the Bulls made a key adjustment after their struggles early in the first half.
“We just spread out and we had to work together,” said senior bound for the University of Cincinnati. “We had to move the ball quickly and we knew we couldn’t be selfish and if we worked as a team we knew we could accomplish anything.”
In the addition to the combined nine goals and one assist from Nause and Peterson, Hereford got three goals from May, two goals and one assist from Blair and one goal and one assist from Lily Cavallaro.
“It was really a team effort. We have been working so hard in practices and I couldn’t have done it without my team,” said Peterson of her success on Saturday. “We have to put in 100% at practice, like we have been doing, and work as a unit.”
Now, both teams will turn their attention to the state playoffs.
“I would love it if that were true,” said Ensor when asked if her team was peeking for a state playoff run. “Every team this season is on a roller coaster ride. You’ll see a score and think, gosh that was close; then the next game they kill somebody. So, hopefully, we’re on a high we keep.”
Despite the setback, Bailey believes her team will take a lot of positives as they move forward from this game.
“We haven’t been here for four years so to be back in the County Championship is a huge thing,” said Bailey. “I think our girls, right now, they’re upset, but they will remember that they were there and they were able to play hard.”
In addition to the two goals from Marshall and the one from Weedon, Catonsville got a late goal from sophomore Sophi Wrisk.
BALTIMORE COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 13 HEREFORD 15, NO. 16 CATONSVILLE 4
CAT 2 2 — 4
HER 5 10 — 15
GOALS: CAT-Marshall 2, K. Weedon, Wrisk; HER-Nause 5, Peterson 4, May 3, Blair 2, Cavallaro.
ASSISTS: HER-Blair, Peterson, Cavallaro.
SAVES: CAT-A. Weedon 2; HER-Posner 2; Swope 0.
Photos and video by Derek Toney