Mount Hebron's players know St. Mary's is next on the schedule. But Roland Park is on their minds.
The ninth-ranked Vikings (4-0) play fifth-ranked St. Mary's on Saturday in the Roland Park Invitational. No. 1 Roland Park and Henderson of West Chester, Pa., meet in the other game, with the winners playing for the championship.
"We've lost to them [Roland Park] the past two years [by one goal in both finals]," said Mount Hebron center Julie Kickham. "We have a good rivalry against them. The whole team is looking forward to having another shot."
But as co-captain and the heart of the team, Kickham knows the Vikings can't look past St. Mary's.
"We know St. Mary's is another quality team that we have to step up against," Kickham said. "We have to deal with St. Mary's first."
Yesterday, Mount Hebron dealt with the cold, wind and rain for a convincing 14-4 victory over visiting Garden City High School of Long Island, N.Y. The Trojans are the defending Class B state champions and came into the contest with a 26-game win streak.
"That was probably our best game so far this season," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. "We were aggressive and played with a lot of confidence. The big thing is that we got contributions from everybody. Against Holton Arms [a 9-1 win Saturday], one or two people were moving and the others stood around. Today, everyone contributed."
The Vikings dominated from the outset and jumped to a 4-0 lead on goals by Christina Eberhart, Kickham, Kelly Dodson and Cecelia Randazzo.
"We just came out and tried to be aggressive from the first draw and give 110 percent," said Kickham, who also had an assist.
Said Mount Hebron's Chrissy Lombard, who had three goals: "We like to get out and get a goal right away. Once we got the first few goals, things became a little easier."
Randazzo, who had three goals, said the Vikings "were more patient on offense. We took our time. We didn't rush our shots."
Garden City trailed, 7-1, at halftime and 10-1 with 16 minutes left. The Trojans played better in the second half, but they couldn't match Mount Hebron's aggressiveness, quickness and efficiency on ground balls.
"My disappointment is that I wasn't able to get them to show what they have," said Garden City coach Debbie Russell, whose team will play scrimmages against Roland Park today and St. Mary's tomorrow before heading back to New York. "Mount Hebron is a strong team. I was happy that we fought hard in the second half. We never gave up."