Kesmodel keeps wins coming at Mount Hebron 1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAMS Coach of the Year

June 03, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

Having five seniors with Division I lacrosse scholarships return, along with four other varsity starters from a state championship team a year ago, guaranteed Mount Hebron coach P. J. Kesmodel nothing more than lots of talent and high expectations.

The defending Class 1A-2A champion Vikings and Kesmodel proved 1992's state title was no fluke by compiling a second straight perfect season, a 36-game winning streak and a 9-7 victory in the state championship over Loch Raven (17-1), the last team to defeat Mount Hebron (1991 state semifinals).

"I didn't think we could do it two years in a row," said Kesmodel, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year. "I called last year, when we finished unbeaten and ranked No. 1, the 'Dream Season.' To do it again is just unbelievable.

"There was much more pressure on us this year. I felt it and I think the kids did, too," he said. "If we won, it was because we were supposed to. But if we lost, I'm a chump. But the girls were focused when they had to be and came through."

Kesmodel's coaching mark on girls lacrosse is beginning to extend beyond the state level. His flashy offensive strategy, which has rubbed a few traditionalists the wrong way, has produced six Howard County titles and an 85-10 record in six varsity seasons.

Ten of Kesmodel's players have received Division I lacrosse scholarships, including Lori Pasquantonio (Virginia), this year's Howard County Player of the Year

"I don't know if I could sum up all he has done for me and the team in one comment," said Pasquantonio. "He's a phenomenal coach who is very dedicated."

Kesmodel, a school guidance counselor, is not bothered by the critical remarks a few of his fellow coaches make about his changing the offensive game of girls lacrosse.

"I get flak from the traditionalists because we do things differently," said Kesmodel, noting he does incorporate a few ideas from the boys game, including his girls wearing baggy shorts rather than skirts.

"We run a dodge-and-dump offense as opposed to the traditional pass-and-cut. We like to fast break a lot, too. I just take advantage of what the game will allow and what personnel I have."

Controversy aside, fellow county coaches marvel at what he has accomplished.

"P. J. works real hard at the game, as do his girls," Atholton coach CarolAnn Stevens said. "He gets those kids motivated. I'm always rooting for Mount Hebron in out-of-county games."

1993 TEAM

Name ....... ....... School ....... Year ....... Position

Lori Pasquantonio ..... Mount Hebron ... Senior ..... Attack

Cathy Nelson .......... Mount Hebron ... Junior ..... Attack

Jen Wienecke ........... Centennial .... Junior ..... Attack

Amy Shourds .............. Howard ...... Junior ..... Attack

Allison Valentino ....... Atholton ..... Senior ..... Midfield

Alison Lages ........... Centennial .... Senior ..... Midfield

Erin McGinnis ......... Mount Hebron ... Soph. ...... Midfield

Amy Fine .............. Mount Hebron ... Senior ..... Midfield

Tierney Clark ......... Mount Hebron ... Senior ..... Defense

Stacia Hepburn ........ Mount Hebron ... Senior ..... Defense

Sherri Happel .......... Centennial .... Senior ..... Defense

Christy Saegerson ....... Atholton ..... Senior ..... Defense

Ali True .............. Mount Hebron ... Senior ..... Goalie

Dana Hoffman ............ Glenelg ...... Senior ..... Goalie

Coach of the Year: P. J. Kesmodel, Mount Hebron

Player of the Year: Lori Pasquantonio, Mount Hebron

Honorable mention: Attack: Amy Dutra, Glenelg, Sr.; Jill Farrow, Hammond, Sr.; Kim Driessan, Wilde Lake, Jr.; Laura Dustin, Atholton, Jr.; Joy Gilbert, Atholton, Sr. Midfield: Carrie Long, Atholton, Sr.; Kelly Naylor, Oakland Mills, Jr. Defense: Michelle Zick, Atholton, Jr.; Jamie Fontaine, Centennial, Jr.; Catrin Emilsson, Atholton, Sr.

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