In Saturday's Class 3A-2A state semifinal against No. 11 Winters Mill, his stellar play extended well past the X to help send the four-time defending state champions to another title game.
In addition to winning 15 of 19 draws, Demiris scored two pivotal goals in an eight-second span late in the first quarter to lead Hereford to a 12-7 win over the Falcons at Annapolis High.
Jack Adams and Morgan Pritchett each scored three goals and Joe Seider joined Demiris with two as the Bulls improved to 18-1 on the season. They will take on Glenelg — an 11-8 winner against Kent Island in the other semifinal — for the state title either Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC. It will be a battle of state champions with the Bulls seeking their eighth crown and Glenelg, which captured last year's Class 2A-1A title, going for its fourth.
Shortly after Saturday's win, Hereford coach Brian King was already looking forward to the challenge that lays ahead against the Gladiators, who defeated Hereford, 6-5, early last season before the teams went their separate ways in winning state championships.
"We're really excited to play Glenelg," King said. It was "6-5 last year in an Easter Tournament and they rushed the field on us like they won the Super Bowl, so we've been waiting. It's been 417 days, so we're excited."
After handling Winters Mill, 15-2, early in the season, the Bulls had a much tougher test Saturday, relying on two three-goal spurts to help pull away.
With the game tied at 1 in the final minute of the first quarter, they scored three goals in 15 seconds, Demiris winning consecutive faceoffs and marching down the field for the last two to give the Bulls a 4-1 advantage going into the second quarter.
"We knew possessions were going to be a big key in the game, so all week my coach had me practicing faceoffs while everyone else was doing their thing," Demiris said. "It was just really big getting possessions and then when we could, push it for a fast break and get some quick goals."
The Falcons, who got a four-goal performance from Spencer Love, trailed 6-4 at the half before the Bulls responded with another key stretch in the third quarter. This time Pritchett, Freddy Bryant and Seider scored two minutes apart for a 9-4 lead with 7:18 to play. The advantage was never threatened afterward.
The Falcons close out their season with a 16-2 mark, going undefeated in Carroll County and winning their first region title since capturing the state title in 2007. Winters Mill coach Sal Picataggi was proud of his team's effort and impressed with the work put in by Dimitris, who he said was the difference.
"We had a good game plan in and knew we could score if we had the ball, but the difficulty with them is that they faceoff so well," Picataggi said. "They don't give you a ton of opportunities, so when you have them you almost have to be perfect."
No. 10 Glenelg 11, Kent Island 8: Mark Darden and Mikey Wynne each scored four goals as the Gladiators (17-2) avenged an early-season loss to Kent Island to reach a state title game for the third straight year.
The Gladiators jumped out to a 4-1 lead and were able to stay a step ahead of the Buccaneers (16-3) the rest of the way to advance. Nick Wynne added one goal and three assists and goalie Landry Marshall recorded six saves and got strong defensive support throughout. Glenelg, which captured the Class 2A-1A state title last year, will be seeking the program's fourth state crown at UMBC next week.
"We're just thankful, past three years in the state title game," said Darden, a junior midfielder. "[We need to ] bring intensity 100 percent, picking up ground balls, winning faceoffs [and] scoring second-chance goals could be the difference."
In Saturday's win, one possession late in the third quarter showed how much the Gladiators wanted a chance at another state title.
Looking to add to their 6-5 lead, they won two ground balls to keep the ball and then Darden ended up on his back behind the cage as the ball squirted free with two Buccaneers in the area. The ball found its way in the stick of Mikey Wynne, who quickly found his brother, Nick, on the left side for a goal with 2:46 left in the quarter that started a string of four straight. Kent Island cut the lead to 10-8 with 3:56 to play, but the Gladiators were able to run out the clock with Mikey Wynne scoring on an empty net in the final second to seal the victory.
Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker was pleased to see a more efficient effort this time against Kent Island, which handed the Gladiators a 10-8 setback on April 7.
"We stayed out of the penalty box and every ground ball was a war," he said. "I thought that was the biggest difference in the game in that we contested every ground ball, we stayed out of the penalty box, and when we had shots we made them and we made them work offensively a lot harder than the last game."