Mount Hebron accentuates positive of 9-4 loss to Gilman

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

The Mount Hebron Vikings came into yesterday's Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown with a "can't lose" attitude.

After all, no one would have expected the No. 11 Vikings to upend No. 4 Gilman, the two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion. Yet, win or lose, the value of the experience they would take away from Homewood Field would be immeasurable come playoff time.

That's why nobody on the Hebron sideline seemed particularly distraught after the 9-4 loss.

"Our defense played incredible and our offense got a lot out of it," said midfielder Damon Cuzmanes. "It's like, we couldn't lose anything by playing in this game."

Mount Hebron's interim coach, Sonny Ziegler, said he pretty much got what he expected out of the matchup. Feeling his defense was ahead of his offense at this point in the season, Ziegler knew his team could keep the score low and make a game of it.

"We weren't going to give up a lot of points, but we were going to have trouble scoring," said Ziegler, whose team was outshot, 35-20. "I thought our defense did a good job. Offensively, we played a little afraid at times."

Ziegler said it took his team several minutes to loosen up. Meanwhile, Gilman (8-3) pounced on the opportunity, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the first 3: 08 on goals by Chase Martin, Andrew Faraone and Lawson DeVries -- the last two on assists from Martin.

The teams traded goals for the rest of the half, with Cuzmanes scoring twice for Mount Hebron (7-2) and Keith Baker adding a goal for the Greyhounds to put them up 4-2 at halftime.

Thereafter, it was all Gilman, with the Greyhounds scoring five of the next six goals to extend their lead to 9-3 by the end of the third quarter.

Attackman Lawson DeVries paced Gilman with four goals and three assists, while Cuzmanes and attackman Mike Huppmann each scored two goals for the Vikings.

After watching his team cruise to victory, Gilman coach John Tucker had nothing but praise for the Mount Hebron program.

"They're very good and well coached," said Tucker. "I don't know much about the state playoffs, but I don't see them having much of a problem getting through that."

Tucker said that his team's brutal conference schedule was a major factor in the outcome.

"It's easier for us to play a tough team because we play tough teams twice a week," he said. "They may not see one for a month."

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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