Pasquantonio surpasses all goals 1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAMS Player of the Year

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

Mount Hebron senior attack Lori Pasquantonio doesn't do anything flashy around the cage.

She just keeps scoring and scoring, enough to earn her several Vikings records, memories of two state titles, a full scholarship to the University of Virginia and honors as The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

"As a senior, I wanted to lead the team to a state title and show I could do it and that last year's championship wasn't a fluke," said Pasquantonio.

The versatile Viking will play next spring for Virginia, the defending NCAA women's Division I lacrosse champion.

"She's an All-Metro kid, a first-team All-America selection," said Mount Hebron coach P. J. Kesmodel of his four-year varsity starter. "She was the leader in ground balls since her freshman year because she's so tough."

With extremely quick hands, Pasquantonio scored 75 goals and dished out 31 assists for the 18-0 Vikings this spring. In four years at Mount Hebron, she set or tied career records in goals (170), assists (75), total points (245) and ground balls.

She scored 11 points in one game, as did junior teammate Cathy Nelson, to break Erin Quinn's single-game school record. Pasquantonio also holds the Vikings' record of most goals in one game (eight).

"She just knows what to do and when to do it in all cases. She can think ahead of the game," Atholton coach CarolAnn Stevens said. "I hate to use the word 'neat' when describing a kid, but she really is."

Pasquantonio, hampered by a nagging cold and exhaustion in preseason, was in top form in time for April's critical games against No. 4 Roland Park, Unionville, Pa., and No. 6 St. Mary's.

"I think after we won the Roland Park tournament we realized we could go unbeaten the rest of the way," she said.

Pasquantonio earned The Baltimore Sun's High School Athlete of the Week award after the Vikings captured the North-South Tournament with wins over Roland Park and Unionville, Pennsylvania's defending state champion. In three games, she had 12 goals and three assists.

Against St. Mary's, she notched four goals in a 13-9 victory.

"She watches her opponent's hands and waits for a commitment then beats the kid to the crease," said Kesmodel. "You just don't see girls play the game the way she does."

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