No. 1 Mount Hebron overpowers South Carroll, 15-5 Girls lacrosse

April 15, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

When defending Class 2A-1A state champion Mount Hebron wins 22 consecutive games, many by double-figure margins, intimidation becomes another offensive weapon for the area's No. 1 girls lacrosse team.

That was the case yesterday, as host Mount Hebron (4-0, 2-0) raced to a 14-1 halftime lead against South Carroll (1-2, 1-1) en route to a 15-5 victory.

"We were down 5-0 from the time we stepped on the field," South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said. "Maybe it's my fault, but we were very intimidated coming in. We never played a team like this, and I told my kids we should learn a lot today."

Mount Hebron junior attack Cathy Nelson provided the lesson for South Carroll's young players as she resumed her assault on the opposing net, scoring six goals to raise her spring total to 18.

"Right now she's our best offensive player. There's no question about it," Vikings coach P. J. Kesmodel said of Nelson, who had 49 goals and 35 assists as a sophomore.

"Last year, there were so many other girls that overshadowed her, but she's been exceptional this season. She's been in a weight-training class, so she's stronger, bigger. Plus she plays smart and uses both hands real well."

All-Metro senior and University of Virginia-bound Lori Pasquantonio (four goals, one assist) put Mount Hebron on top 1-0, scoring off a feed from senior Amy Fine (two goals, two assists) one minute into the first half. The attack on South Carroll sophomore goalie Erin Nauyatis (10 saves on 35 shots) continued as Nelson scored unassisted and off a pass from senior Stacia Hepburn for a 3-0 Vikings lead.

After a goal by Fine made it 4-0, South Carroll displayed its jitters when a pass from Cavaliers senior Patty Duffy back to Nauyatis took a funny bounce and trickled past the goalie. Pasquantonio, the closest Mount Hebron player to the goal, received credit for the score.

South Carroll freshman Allison Cain eased the Cavaliers' nerves with an unassisted goal with 16:46 left in the first half, cutting Mount Hebron's advantage to 5-1.

Mount Hebron scored the last six goals of the half, with Nelson recording three of her five first-half tallies. The halftime statistics, other than the scoreboard, indicated Mount Hebron's domination South Carroll as the Vikings won more ground balls (41-10), took more shots (23-5) and controlled more faceoffs (10-2).

While the statistics pleased Mount Hebron's fans, especially since the team hadn't played a game in a week, the Vikings thought there was much room for improvement.

"We weren't settling down. We were just running down the middle," Pasquantonio said.

Mount Hebron's biggest threat to its winning streak comes Saturday, when the Vikings travel to Roland Park for the North-South Tournament. The Vikings, who have outscored opponents 77-18, will face Pennsylvania state champion Unionville at 11 a.m. No. 2-ranked Roland Park faces Pennsylvania state runner-up Downingtown after Mount Hebron's game.

"Girls lacrosse in Pennsylvania is supposed to be the best in the country," Kesmodel said, "so we will have our hands full."

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