1994 All-metro Girls Lacrosse Team Coach Of The Year

June 06, 1994

* P. J. Kesmodel, Mount Hebron -- In his 20th year of coaching lacrosse, Kesmodel had one of his most rewarding seasons, guiding the Vikings to their fourth consecutive Howard County championship and third straight state title. After losing five Division I scholarship players from his loaded 1993 team, Kesmodel had to rebuild, especially on defense, where the Vikings were wiped out by graduation. Making a three-peat seem even more unlikely, Mount Hebron was no longer in Class 1A/2A, where they had won back-to-back titles. They had moved to Class 3A/4A, where the competition was even tougher overall. The Vikings suffered a loss to Mount de Sales in early April that ended a 37-game winning streak. But after that, the Vikings steadily developed into another state championship team. Finishing 16-2, their only other loss was to Roland Park, 11-10. Although an anticipated showdown with four-time defending Class 3A/4A champ Severna Park never materialized, the Vikings were impressive in a 16-9 victory over Annapolis, which had upset Severna Park in the regional final. Then, Hebron rolled over Dulaney, 19-8, in the title game. "This was more satisfying because a lot of people thought we wouldn't get here, including me probably," said Kesmodel after the championship game. "We weren't supposed to win this year, but I've never had a team improve this much." In seven years at Mount Hebron, Kesmodel's teams have won six county titles and seven regional championships. His career record is 49-1 against Howard County competition and 98-11 overall.

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