Hebron gains win, respect against Roland Park, 11-6 Girls lacrosse

April 18, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Mount Hebron may be ranked No. 1, but coach P. J. Kesmodel and the Vikings often feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of local girls lacrosse.

So Kesmodel took his team to play No. 2 Roland Park, and the Vikings proved they should own the No. 1 spot. With an 11-6 victory, the Vikings ended the Reds' 25-game winning streak in the championship of the Roland Park North-South Invitational Tournament yesterday in northern Baltimore City.

"We never get any respect," said Kesmodel, whose Vikings won the Class 2A/1A state title last spring. The kids wanted to go out and show they are the best team -- that it wasn't a fluke last year."

The Vikings (6-0), however, struggled a bit in the opening round before beating defending Pennsylvania state champ Unionville, 13-10. But against Roland Park, they never trailed, holding the Reds (7-1) to just three goals through the first 40 minutes of the 50-minute game.

The Reds, two-time defending Association of Independent Schools champs, never adjusted to Mount Hebron's style of running the ball down and setting the offense behind the crease.

"Their style of play is so different from anything we ever face and it took us out of our game a little," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel, whose team plays the more traditional pass-and-cut game.

Lori Pasquantonio scored the Vikings' first goal on a free position. Cathy Nelson set up the second with a nice roll past Reds defense wing Whitney Fenwick to find Lynette Chastant open in front of the goal.

Fenwick cut the lead to 2-1 on a free position at the other end

before Dani Vissers and Chastant scored back-to-back goals for a 4-1 Vikings lead with 15:06 left in the half.

Roland Park shaved the lead to one with 9:18 left. Brent McCallister picked up a ground ball and ducked through traffic to shoot. Melissa Cully ran off the next draw and found Lizzie Bennett open on the crease for another goal.

With less than a minute to go, however, Mount Hebron delivered what probably was the knockout punch. The Vikings controlled the next three draws and scored three times. Stacia Hepburn, Erin McGinness and Nelson gave the Vikings a 7-3 halftime lead.

The Reds' defense made the Vikings work a little harder in the second half, but they couldn't stop Pasquantonio.

She rolled from behind the crease for two goals and fed Amy Fine for another as Mount Hebron extended its lead to 10-3 with 12:39 left.

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