On rebound, Hebron holds off St. Mary's in OT No. 5 Vikings withstand No. 2 Saints' rally, 11-9, to win tourney title

April 06, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

This was a game Mount Hebron had to have.

Coming off a disappointing loss nine days ago to No. 7 Roland Park, the fifth-ranked Vikings knew they needed a better effort against No. 2 St. Mary's in yesterday's championship game of the Mount Hebron Tournament in Ellicott City. They got it.

St. Mary's never quit, scoring three times in the final 95 seconds of regulation to tie the game. But it was the Vikings who tallied the only overtime goals for an 11-9 victory.

"We proved to ourselves that we could play with that type of competition," said Mount Hebron's Chrissy Lombard, who had three goals, including one in overtime. "We needed that. We were a little down after the loss."

Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson said his squad "had no intensity" and "quit at the end" against Roland Park. He also was disappointed by his four senior captains. "They were invisible," Robinson said.

But yesterday, Robinson said, his team "showed a lot of character" and "mental toughness" in overtime. As for his captains -- Lombard, Kyle Rutkowski, Cecelia Randazzo and Kelly Dodson -- Robinson said "they made a lot of big plays."

Rutkowski had four goals, Dodson one and Randazzo, the team's top returning scorer, was moved to defense for the first time to slow St. Mary's strong transition game.

Mount Hebron took leads of 2-0, 5-2 and, on Rutkowski's fourth goal, 9-6 with 11: 51 remaining. It stayed that way until Michelle Zurfluh scored to make it 9-7 with 1: 35 to play.

"Kelly Thompson kept saying to me, 'It's not over, it's not over,' " said St. Mary's Katie Robinson. "She was right."

That's because St. Mary came up with a couple of loose balls and Robinson, a junior, scored with 45 seconds and eight seconds left to send the game into overtime.

"That was a big shock," said Mount Hebron junior Tracey Bounds. "They seemed to have all momentum. I'm just glad we scored the first goal in overtime and gave the momentum back to us."

Forty seconds after Mount Hebron won the draw to begin overtime, it was Bounds who put the ball past goalie Jen Corradini.

"I was surprised it went in," said Bounds, who spent last year as the team's scorekeeper after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in an indoor game two days before Christmas. "The defender hit my stick before I shot it. I just followed through."

Said Robinson about Bounds: "She's developing into a big-time performer. At the end of the game, I want the ball in her hands."

Robinson added that he wants Bounds to shoot more. "I want her to look to score more," he said. "She's been too unselfish at times."

Lombard, with the assist from Bounds, scored with four seconds remaining in the first three-minute overtime period. St. Mary's (5-2) had a couple of scoring opportunities in the second overtime period, but Mount Hebron goalie Amy Jagoda, who finished with 11 saves, came up big.

"I'm not upset with our loss because we played so hard," said Robinson. "We never stopped fighting."

St. Mary's, which lost 11-10 last Thursday to No. 6 St. Paul's, played yesterday's tournament without its coach. According to assistant Erin Clarke, head coach Erika Bristow had to work.

Thompson, who had two goals, said Bristow's absence made a difference. "I think having her here would have helped," she said.

St. Mary's, which was whistled for six yellow cards against St. Paul's, had five against Mount Hebron.

"We're a really physical team," said Katie Robinson, "and they seem to be calling it a lot tighter. We'll have to get used to it."

Although not blaming the loss on the referees, Thompson noted that "the refs were stopping the game a lot and it was hard for us to get our offense running."

Mount Hebron, which opened the tournament with a 17-4 win over Baldwinsville, N.Y., took a 6-5 lead into halftime on Rutkowski's goal with 28 seconds left. Lombard and Kristin Marshall added goals to make 8-5 10 minutes into the second half.

"We weren't prepared for Roland Park," said Lombard, "but we were prepared today and knew what we needed to do. We put it together and played as a team."

In the consolation game, Baldwinsville defeated Fallston, 10-8. Fallston (2-2) dropped its opener against St. Mary's, 22-9.

Pub Date: 4/06/97

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.