After loss, Vikings coach wonders over lost 'passion' Bryn Mawr never lets up, beats Mount Hebron, 13-9

March 26, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron will practice hard this afternoon. Count on it.

"Our practices will be very tough from here on out," said Vikings coach Chris Robinson.

The reason? Bryn Mawr 13, Mount Hebron 9.

"I'm very disappointed and surprised," Robinson said after his fourth-ranked Vikings bowed to the ninth-ranked Mawrtians yesterday at Mount Hebron. "Part of the Hebron tradition is to play harder and with more intensity than the opponent, and we didn't do that.

"They wanted it more. They just demonstrated a passion that we didn't have," added Robinson. "There was no intensity, and I take responsibility for that. We weren't mentally tough to play this game."

Things don't get easier for the Vikings (1-1). At 3: 45 p.m. tomorrow, they play host to No. 3 Roland Park, which yesterday defeated No. 7 Severn, 16-6.

Bryn Mawr made things look easy against Mount Hebron. The visiting Mawrtians dominated the draw, played well in transition, and got superb goaltending from sophomore Amy Price (13 saves).

The Mawrtians started the game by winning the draw and didn't let up. They were faster and more aggressive to the ball, winning 17 of the 22 draws, including 10 of 11 in the second half.

"Every possession against Mount Hebron is critical," said first-year Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel. "Every time you can keep it out of their hands is very important."

Starting 4: 58 into the game, Bryn Mawr scored three goals in 31 seconds to take a lead it never lost. Sophomore Tara Hardiman scored the first of her team-high five goals. Then Princeton-bound Kim Smith (three goals, one assist) tallied 23 seconds later. The Mawrtians won the ensuing draw, and it took nine seconds for sophomore Miles Whitman (five assists, two goals) to run down the field and pass to Hardiman for the score.

"Their defense got back in transition when ours did not," said Robinson. "They had way too many easy shots. That's our midfield. They just did not hustle."

Said Kridel: "We were able to find each other in transition."

Mount Hebron twice got within a goal in the first half. But Byrn Mawr answered quickly.

Nineteen seconds after the Vikings got to within 4-3, Whitman scored. Nine seconds after Mount Hebron made it 5-4, Hardiman made it a two-goal game again.

"They had an answer for everything," said Robinson.

Bryn Mawr, leading 7-4, scored the first two goals of the second half and increased its advantage to 12-6 with 8: 36 to play.

Tracey Bounds and Emily Payne each had two goals for Mount Hebron.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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