Mount Hebron cruises past Dulaney, 19-8, for title

May 26, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Dulaney's motto for last night's state Class 3A-4A championship was "Whatever it takes."

But it would take more than the No. 11 and top-seeded Lions could muster to stop No. 2 Mount Hebron's powerhouse offense especially Cathy Nelson, who scored a record-tying seven goals and added an assist.

The Vikings (16-2) ran out to a 5-0 lead and rolled to a 19-8 victory for their third straight state title at Catonsville Community College.

"I'm just so happy," said Nelson, "because at the beginning of the year people didn't expect us to do as well as we did. We came back. . . We've accomplished so much."

Nelson, a senior bound for Maryland, proved practically unstoppable in the Vikings' set offense. The Lions opted to try to contain her one-on-one, and Nelson's quick first step gave her one good shot after another.

"She's really a great player," said Dulaney coach Anita Noel. "She's very quick and she can switch her hands so quickly. You just can't get her stick. You can't keep up with her."

The Lions used Jaime Hershner on Nelson early and then switched to Mary Enoch, who just moved up from junior varsity. Neither could contain Nelson, who finished the season with 82 goals and 43 assists.

Noel said she opted against double-teaming Nelson, because "we felt if we doubled Cathy, everybody else would just take up the slack. They don't have any weak attack players."

The Vikings proved Noel right even though Nelson scored enough goals to tie the tournament record for most goals in a Class 3A-4A playoff.

Dani Vissers scored five goals and midfielders Lynette Chastant and Erin McGinnis added three each. The Vikings also tied a tournament record for most goals scored by one team in a single game.

While the Lions could not shut down the Vikings' big gun, the Vikings did a great job on Dulaney's, Aimee Vaughan.

For the second game in a row, Sara Cho and Amanda Fleck rotated on the opposition's top attack player with great success. They held Vaughan to just one goal and one assist. Vaughan came into the game with 97 goals and 24 assists.

"Same strategy," said Vikings coach P.J. Kesmodel, who used Cho and Fleck to hold off high-scoring Cristi Samaras in the Vikings' semifinal win over Annapolis. "We just rotated those two kids and she didn't get the ball much."

The Vikings started to roll early in this game marred by nearly two hours of delays -- an hour and 15 minutes for a thunderstorm and nearly a half hour for an injury.

Vissers scored three and Nelson and Chastant, one each in the opening five-goal run. The Lions never got closer than within four.

Dawn Will and Kara Lipski scored back-to-back Dulaney goals to pull within 10-4 at halftime, but the Vikings opened the second half with a 7-1 run.

dTC Vaughan scored her goal after Will suffered a shoulder injury, and trainers sent her to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution when she complained of numbness.

For the Vikings, this title was the first in Class 3A-4A after winning the last two Class 1A-2A titles.

"This was more satisfying because a lot of people thought we wouldn't get here, including me probably," said Kesmodel. "Last year, I think, the kids felt a lot of pressure and I did. We were supposed to win. We weren't supposed to win this year, but I've never had a team improve this much. That's been a biggie, a real biggie."

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