Mount Hebron seniors Erin McGinnis and Dani Vissers simply put on a clinic yesterday against South Carroll in the semifinals of the Class 3A-4A West Regional.
McGinnis had the best day of her career for the Vikings, scoring 10 goals, handing out two 3A-4A assists and controlling most of the draws, and Vissers was virtually unstoppable as she scored six and had three assists.
When the McGinnis-Vissers show was over, the second-ranked Mount Hebron squad had racked up a 24-5 victory.
The only way that McGinnis and Vissers were halted yesterday at Mount Hebron was by coach P.J. Kesmodel who started giving them long breaks midway through the first half.
"It seemed like Erin and Dani could score every time they had the ball," said Kesmodel, whose team is expecting a 3A-4A West final showdown against Centennial Tuesday at Mount Hebron. "We're kind of looking forward to playing Centennial."
McGinnis, who is headed to the University of North Carolina to be part of the school's new women's lacrosse program next year, said she never expected to have a big day yesterday.
"I wasn't feeling like anything special was going to happen coming into this game," said McGinnis. "But my shot was on and everything worked out great for us."
While McGinnis, a midfielder, was too quick for the Cavaliers, Vissers, an attacker, was just too tall and too talented for the visitors to have a chance to contain.
Several times, Vissers just walked in on the South Carroll net and stuck the ball in the goal.
Vissers plans to attend William and Mary where she will play lacrosse.
Certainly, South Carroll coach Stacy Stem won't care if she ever sees the likes of McGinnis and Vissers lining up to play against her team again.
"Our first objective was to get the ball and we couldn't even do that most of the time," said Stem. "They were passing and catching the ball at will on us and McGinnis was dominating the draws. I think we were intimidated coming into this game. We needed a spark somehow but never got one."
The victory raised Mount Hebron's record to 12-2 and dropped South Carroll to a final mark of 7-6.
"Our season kind of ended when we gave Liberty [fifth-ranked] that big scare before losing [10-7]," said Stem.
Kesmodel, who is retiring at the end of the season, said he kind of expected a one-sided game when he checked the comparative scores coming in this season.
"And we beat Liberty, 17-3, in a scrimmage," said Kesmodel. "I know Liberty is playing much better now but I think that scrimmage was an indication of how good we are."