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Hereford Looking To Get Back On Top
The expectations for the Hereford boys' lacrosse team were clear from the first day of practice: bring home a state championship.
This is a philosophy that trickles down to the youth level and the next generation of varsity players who have heard about that success from their family and coaches. The Bulls won six consecutive Class 3A/2A state championships from 2008-2013 before Kent Island captured the past two crowns.
The Bulls have nine state crowns overall and reached the finals or semifinals four times. They have the pieces in place to add more hardware to their trophy case this season.
"It almost seems unfair to the kids, but I see how even the 6-year-old Hereford kids at the rec level expect to play for Hereford and compete for a state title every year," Bulls head coach Sal Picataggi said. "It really is a collective community effort at Hereford that creates all the success. It's not a right -- it is a desire/goal/expectation starting from the elementary school years, and I know this team has worked to make this goal a reality. [There are] lots of great teams we will see down the road, so it is always tough to achieve, but we will always give it our best."
This season, Hereford has been especially dominant. The Bulls have yet to allow more than nine goals in any game.
"Our defense is quite honestly as good as any Hereford defense has been," Picataggi said.
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PNC Lacrosse Spotlight:
Roland Park Country School Junior Attacker Cameron McGee
Cameron McGee is a multisport athlete for the Roland Park Country School Reds; however, lacrosse is her specialty. The junior is one of the fiercest attackers in the region, and she has helped Roland Park maintain its long tradition of being one of the top teams in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. The Reds are chasing the nation's top-ranked team, McDonogh, for the conference title again this season. A stellar student, McGee has committed to Georgetown, where she will play for head coach Ricky Fried, a graduate of UMBC, where he was an All-American midfielder.
What types of goals did you set entering the season? Have you been able to meet those goals?
Cameron McGee: I went into this season knowing it was important for me to uphold the same intensity level, day in and day out, that the upperclassmen had always held for me. After recently watching an Inky Johnson motivational video, I took away that it's about the process, not necessarily the outcome. So entering the season, I knew my goal was to constantly work hard from start to finish. Coach [Kim] McNemar has a system and a process, and as my teammates and I buy into the system and learn the process, we improve each week, exceeding the goals I had in mind for our season.
What went into your decision to committing early to Georgetown? How does Roland Park prepare you for college academically and athletically?
CM: Georgetown was my first choice because [of] academics, proximity and Coach Fried. The campus was the perfect size with the perfect surroundings. It felt right after visiting twice. RPCS has prepared me academically, athletically and socially. I am held accountable for balancing schoolwork and maintaining good grades with athletics each season.
How much lacrosse did you play in the offseason, and how do you stay motivated?
CM: Playing three seasons of sports is important to me. After summer league, I put my stick down, only playing in the backyard with my brother, until winter workouts.
For more from McGee, including the areas of the game she's focusing on and how the team is improving through the season, read the full interview here.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
1. McDonogh (Md.)
2. Bullis (Md.)
3. Boys' Latin (Md.)
4. Calvert Hall (Md.)
5. Gonzaga (D.C.)
6. Landon (Md.)
7. St. Paul's (Md.)
8. Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
9. Severn (Md.)
10. Broadneck (Md.)
1. McDonogh (Md.)
2. Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
3. Roland Park (Md.)
4. Mt. Hebron (Md.)
5. Manchester Valley (Md.)
6. Good Counsel (Md.)
7. Century (Md.)
8. Severna Park (Md.)
9. Glenelg (Md.)
10. St. Mary's (Md.)
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