Mt. Hebron overwhelms Bryn Mawr

April 04, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

The way Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson saw it, visiting Bryn Mawr played a zone defense in yesterday's game. It was a logical conclusion given the way the Mawrtians brought all their players back on defense.

But Bryn Mawr coach Anne Townsend-Kessenich said it never happened.

"We weren't playing a zone. We don't even know how to play zone," said Townsend-Kessenich.

Zone or no zone, it didn't matter. The No. 9 Vikings got three goals from Kelly Dodson and two each from Rachael Karfonta, Chrissy Lombard and Kyle Rutkowski and defeated the Mawrtians, 14-9. Lombard, a junior midfielder, also had a school-record 13 ground balls, surpassing the mark of 12 set by Andrea Cuzmanes in 1992.

Townsend-Kessenich explained her defense this way: "We brought all our players down on defense and tried to sag in, just like they did. They just did it better.

"Mount Hebron played well and played smart. We have to learn to play a little smarter. We can learn from this game."

The Vikings (2-0) learned that despite graduating seven starters and the top four scorers from last year's 16-1 team they're still one of the top teams in the area.

"It was a good test for us to come out against a quality team and prove ourselves," said Julie Kickham, who has moved from defense to the center this season.

"As young as we are, I think we're playing at a pretty high level," said Robinson, in his first season as head coach after replacing P. J. Kesmodel, who began the Vikings' program in 1988. "But we have to do a lot of improving to get to the level we've been at in the past."

Bryn Mawr sophomore Kim Smith, whose three goals yesterday gives her 20 in four games, gave the Mawrtians (3-1) a 1-0 lead 1: 13 into the game. But goals from Erin Curran, Lombard, Dodson and Karfonta gave Mount Hebron a 4-1 lead with 13: 58 left, and Bryn Mawr, which also got three goals from Kate Cole, never challenged for the lead after that.

"I don't think our transition game ran as smoothly as we would have liked," said Smith. "I don't think we made good decisions on our passes."

Mount Hebron made many smart decisions attacking the Bryn Mawr defense. More than anything, the Vikings were patient.

"We had the lead and there was know need to force it against their defense," Robinson said. "We spread it out and passed it around the perimeter. We wanted to make them come out and play us."

The game was Karfonta's first of the season after breaking her wrist in early March. "She stepped up and played really well," Robinson said.

Robinson credited Kickham with spearheading the Vikings' attack. "She dominated the draw and was in on everything," Robinson said. "She had a tremendous game."

And so did the Vikings, no matter what defense Bryn Mawr tried. Baseball

McDonogh 7, Gibbons 0: Senior Micheal Steller faced the minimum of 21 batters en route to a no-hitter for the host and No. 11 Eagles. Steller struck out nine and was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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