North Harford puts away Mount Hebron

March 23, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

North Harford coach John Grubb thought he was reliving a nightmare.

Last season, his team lost the state regional semifinal to Hereford because the Hawks gave up four goals during a three-minute penalty for using an illegal stick.

So in the first game of the season yesterday at Mount Hebron, NTC the Hawks jumped to a 4-0 lead after one quarter before an illegal-stick penalty helped the Vikings to score four unanswered man-down goals early in the second period.

Mount Hebron then went up 5-4 on a goal by Scott Baughman with 3:43 left in the half, before the Hawks rallied on goals by Jason Bellamy and Joe Cunningham to regain the lead at halftime, 6-5.

North Harford eventually won, 11-8.

"It's a crazy rule," Mount Hebron coach Warren Michael said. "It helped us, but it's crazy. Sometimes a stick is too narrow when you buy it, and sometimes if you let it sit out in the sun it shrinks. It's really a rule for colleges not high schools."

The stick in question was one-quarter inch too narrow.

Five of Mount Hebron's goals came on man-down situations, and two of North Harford's goals were scored during penalties against the Vikings.

"We just had more talent than they did and that's why we won," Grubb said. "We didn't know anything about their team, but they are always well-coached."

The two teams have developed a rivalry in recent years. In 1990, the Hawks beat Mount Hebron in overtime in the state semifinals and went on to capture a state title. In 1991, Mount Hebron beat North Harford in overtime in the state Class 2A title game.

Last year, the Hawks lost 14-12 after leading 9-4 at halftime.

"They're the only school we play that we have a losing record against," Grubb said.

The young Vikings looked nervous in the early going.

"They ran a zone defense with a backer and we weren't prepared for it," Michael said. "We haven't had time to work on our zone offense. Poor coaching job today."

Mount Hebron goalkeeper Sean Buchanan also had a rough day, missing stoppable shots both on the ground and in the air during the first period.

But all of that changed once the Vikings got their confidence from the man-down situation.

Dave Moss, Sam Horstman, Dan Carver and Ben Savage each scored during that four-goal Mount Hebron spree.

The Vikings failed to sustain that level of play.

"We didn't shoot particularly well and we had chances to turn and see the goal better," Michael said. "And we didn't slide well defensively when they beat us one-on-one.

"We're young and gave up some easy ones. You can't leave people open for 10 seconds."

Baughman led Mount Hebron with two goals and three assists.

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