'Challenge' of Mt. Hebron leaves Eagles undone, 21-8 Kickham's 5 goals lead Vikings to 8th county win

Girls lacrosse

May 01, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial got the competitive game it wanted against No. 6-ranked Mount Hebron yesterday. But that's all it got.

"Mount Hebron is always a fun game," said Centennial coach Nickie Jordan after her team's 21-8 loss. "It's frustrating that we always come out No. 2, but it feels good to be challenged."

Both teams had dominated county opponents en route to 7-0 records. Jordan said her team looked forward to being tested by the perennial county champions, and that it passed, even though the score might not reflect that.

"We'd rather lose with a challenge than win without working," Jordan said. "The score was not indicative of how we played. The girls never got down on themselves and never gave up. They know they played well."

Mount Hebron just played better.

"We did a good job controlling the ball off the draw and were patient on offense," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, whose team clinched at least a tie for the county title. "Defensively, we didn't give up a lot of shots."

Mount Hebron sophomore Lauren Kickham continued her recent excellent play and finished with five goals and two assists.

"She played a great game," Robinson said. "She controlled the ball at midfield, and offensively they couldn't stop her."

Tracey Bounds, Polly Purcell and Kristin Marshall each had three goals for the Vikings, who led 11-5 at halftime.

Mount Hebron made sure Centennial didn't get back in the game, with goals in the first minute of the second half by Kickham and Emily Payne building a 13-5 lead.

"We stepped to their level, but they kept going and going," said Centennial goalie Danielle Martin, who had 21 saves and played well. "They work so hard and take good shots."

While the Vikings sometimes got open shots, Centennial had to work for everything.

"They do a good job of swarming around the arc," Jordan said. "The had a lot of interceptions close in on our offense end."

Centennial's Kristin Dinisio, the county's leading scorer, had two goals, as did Alexia Vogler and Caitlin Marshall.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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