Suzanne DeHaan became the second Mount Hebron girls lacrosse player to score eight goals last week, as visiting Hebron shook Glenelg on Friday with a dominating defensive show in the second half en route toa 14-9 victory.
Hebron (7-2) ran its county record to 4-0 and moved closer to reclaiming the county championship it lost to Centenniallast year. The Vikings also may have put a serious dent in Glenelg's(2-2, 3-5) Class 2A playoff hopes. Three of Glenelg's losses have come in overtime, including a 15-14 defeat against Oakland Mills last week.
DeHaan, Hebron's leading scorer, rallied the Vikings from a 2-0 deficit by scoring Hebron's first three goals. She scored five goals in the first half to push Hebron to a 7-5 halftime lead. Her performance came on the heels of an eight-goal effort by teammate Megan Drake,who sparked Hebron to a 17-10 victory over Centennial Tuesday.
DeHaan leads the Vikings with 41 goals in nine games. Drake, who scoredtwice Friday, has 31.
"Pretty potent 1-2 punch, huh?" said Hebroncoach P. J. Kesmodel. "It's going to be tough to stop us by keying on one kid. You've got to have just the right matchups to do it."
Even while playing an inspired first half, during which Glenelg rallied to tie the game at 4-4 after relinquishing its 2-0 lead, the Gladiators could not stop DeHaan.
After scoring her five, first-half goals, DeHaan got the Vikings rolling with a goal two minutes into the second half to extend Hebron's
lead to 8-5. Debbie Stocker and Andrea Cuzmanes (two goals) then added scores to make it 10-5 with 15:40 left in the game to put Hebron in control. Glenelg never got closer than four after that.
"I feel a great sigh of relief. We have threegames to go, but this was a big game, and they gave us a good game,"said DeHaan.
"We got beat by John Carroll and Seton Keough, because we didn't come back. Even though we were up by two goals at halftime, we needed a comeback. We needed to score a few more goals before we could start feeling comfortable."
Hebron, which started sloppily -- the Vikings dropped many passes early on and went nearly the first eight minutes without scoring -- got its house in order in the second half with swarming defense, crisp passing and a barrage of shots.
Hebron outshot the tiring Gladiators by a 20-5 margin in the second half. Hebron controlled four of the half's first five draws to setthe tone. And for the first 16 minutes of the half, Glenelg's offense was literally non-existent, thanks to Hebron's dogged double- and triple-teaming.
The Gladiators didn't take their first shot in the second half until Kara Meissner scored with 8:42 left to pull Glenelgto within 10-6.
Meissner led Glenelg with five goals. Heather Schumake scored twice. Jennifer Anthony and Marnie Cordisco added a goalapiece.
Glenelg goalie Dana Hoffman made 13 saves. Beth Streagle made seven saves for Hebron.