Mt. Hebron shuts down Dulaney, 11-7 Goss, Curran help Vikings control Lions' top scorers

April 21, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It didn't take long for fifth-ranked Mount Hebron to establish its dominance against No. 10 Dulaney yesterday in the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Homewood Field.

About 66 seconds, to be exact.

That's when the Vikings' Julie Kickham scooped up a loose ball, motored 80 yards down the center of the field and scored on a shot off the turf, starting the four-time defending state champions on a roll that lasted the entire game in an 11-7 win.

Hebron first-year coach Chris Robinson said he knew his team's potent offense could put points on the board. The key, he said, was to shut down Dulaney big guns Dawn Will and Nicole Wittelsberger.

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"We knew we had more speed, but the key for us was to stop their attack," said Robinson, who assigned top defenders Brigitte Goss and Erin Curran to keep Will and Wittelsberger from touching the ball, then used double teams to blanket them when they did.

"I felt like our offense was better than their defense. I knew we'd be able to score; we just had to prevent them from scoring."

Mount Hebron (8-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 3: 35 on goals by Kickham, Kyle Rutkowski and Kelly Dodson. The Vikings used their speed and athleticism to dominate early, and extended their lead to 7-2 late in the first half.

Players said the quick start was a necessity.

"We just tried to get the ball off the draw and set the tone for the game," said Rutkowski, who led the way with three goals and an assist.

Dodson had three goals in the half for Hebron, and it seemed as though the Howard County team would turn it into a laugher. Dulaney (5-1), however, fought back, as Will, Wittelsberger and Ivy Owens each scored goals in the final 26 seconds of the half to make it 7-5.

But the Lions would never get any closer, as the Vikings built their lead back up to five goals by late in the second half.

"They definitely had a little speed over us," said Dulaney coach Anita Crotty, whose team was outshot, 25-11. "We just need to get the ball from defense to offense better. Turnovers in the midfield killed us."

Robinson said a tough early-season schedule helped his team.

"We've played a lot of big games this year, and this was basically their first big game," he said. "We were a little more focused, and not at all nervous."

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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