Mt. Hebron plays keepaway for win Vikings down Bryn Mawr with 2nd-half flurry, 12-6

Girls lacrosse

March 26, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mount Hebron yesterday showed host Bryn Mawr the difficulty of doing anything without the ball.

After battling the Mawrtians to a halftime tie, No. 4 Mount Hebron controlled the ball for nearly the entire second half while scoring seven straight goals en route to a 12-6 victory.

The Vikings opened their season in style, as Cecelia Randazzo (two goals) picked up the opening draw, raced downfield and scored nine seconds into the game -- but the Mawrtians kept fighting back throughout the half.

Tara Hardiman scored three times and Kim Smith added two more, the second one coming with one minute left in the half to force a 5-5 tie.

Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson said he told his team to work harder on the draws and getting ground balls. "The key to the game is possession," said Robinson. "Bryn Mawr was controlling the ball in the first half."

That changed dramatically in the second half. The Vikings controlled the draws, gobbled up many of the grounders and kept possession nearly the entire time.

Mount Hebron exhibited good patience on offense, using its superior speed and quickness to find scoring chances. The Vikings also spread out the Mawrtians' defense and opened up offensive opportunities.

"In the first half, we were a little excited," said Randazzo. "But we knew that if we had the ball, they couldn't do anything."

That's how the second half played itself out. Mount Hebron scored seven goals, keeping Bryn Mawr quiet until Charlotte Graham finally scored with 1: 09 left.

Randazzo, Rachel Karfonta, Kyle Rutkowski, Tracey Bounds, Katie Nordhoff and Kelly Dodson (two goals) all scored in the second half for the Vikings.

It would have been worse if Bryn Mawr goalie Stephanie Marudas hadn't stepped up big. Marudas made 11 saves, almost all on point-blank shots.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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