Hebron routs Ohio team, 17-3

April 06, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Last year, Cleveland's Shaker Heights fielded the best girls lacrosse team in the Midwest, so coach Liz Wilson brought the Raiders on a spring-break tour to see the difference between the Midwest's best and Baltimore's best.

The difference was 14 goals.

No. 1 Mount Hebron answered the Raiders' game-opening goal with seven straight in four minutes and five seconds as the Vikings rolled to a 17-3 victory yesterday.

While the Vikings (3-0) are three-time defending state champions, the Raiders (1-1) won the Midwest championship over 33 other teams in Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and Buffalo, N.Y.

But Wilson said her team had not seen a squad as overwhelming as Mount Hebron before.

"That's why we're here -- basically to see this, because with the athletes I have, they get frustrated knowing they could do it if they could play against teams like this more often," said Wilson, missing a few starters who opted for a band trip to Europe instead.

The Raiders, who beat Notre Dame Prep 10-6 earlier this week, got on the board quickly when Jill Grim broke through the double team in front of the crease 30 seconds into the game.

After that, the Vikings' midfield dominated the half, winning 13 of 16 draws, outshooting the Raiders 31-4 and smothering them with the double teams.

"It comes down to possession skills," said Wilson. "When we could hold onto the ball, we could do something with it, we could penetrate. But it's hard when you don't have the individual skills and you don't have the ability to connect plus they're very aggressive defensively doubling the ball."

The Raiders' lead did not last long. Vikings center Erin McGinnis fed Ceil Randazzo right off the next draw just over a minute into the half. Dani Vissers rolled the crease and Randazzo added a free-position goal for a 3-1 lead in the first four minutes.

Then the Vikings poured in four more goals in a 46-second period. McGinnis had two and Lynnette Chastant, two.

For the rest of the game, the Vikings continued to jump all over Shaker Heights in the midfield, forcing turnovers and beating it to loose balls.

"We got the draws a lot and we got a lot of good checks from behind in the midfield," said McGinnis, who led the Vikings with four goals and three assists. "We had some real good double teams. Defensively as a team, we played well."

After Grim's opener, the Vikings did not allow another goal off the Raiders offense. The other two Shaker Heights goals came on free-position shots by Grim and Heather Landers.

Landers' goal with 11:02 to go in the first half brought the Raiders within 9-3, but the Vikings held them to just five more shots the rest of the game.

The Vikings, who outshot the Raiders 49-8 in the game, scored the last three goals of the second half. McGinnis had two and Julie Kickham, one for a 12-3 halftime lead.

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