Mt. Hebron continues drive to No. 1

Vikings remain unbeaten with tournament victories

Girls lacrosse

April 04, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Eleven days doesn't make a season, but in Mount Hebron's case it comes close.

On March 24, the Vikings scored a four-goal win over then-No. 2 Bryn Mawr, then edged No. 1 Roland Park by a goal last Tuesday.

Yesterday, second-ranked Mount Hebron won its spring tournament with victories over the top-ranked teams from the Philadelphia and Washington areas. The Vikings routed West Chester (Pa.) Henderson, 15-3, in the opener, then defeated St. Stephen's/St. Agnes of Alexandria, Va., 19-13, in the championship.

"There hasn't been a Hebron team that's played a four-game stretch like this," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, in his fourth season as head coach after four years as the JV coach and varsity assistant. "This is the best team that I've coached."

The last Vikings team to start 4-0 was the undefeated 1993 squad that went wire-to-wire as the area's No. 1 team. Mount Hebron, which has won six state titles in the past seven years, hasn't been ranked No. 1 since. But come Tuesday, when The Sun's poll comes out, that will change.

"We knew we had the potential to do this," said junior Polly Purcell, who had three goals and three assists against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. "It all came down to heart and guts on the field, and I think we proved it. We have so many winners on this team. We just don't want to lose, and we'll do whatever it takes."

Seventh-ranked St. Mary's, playing its third and fourth games of the week, didn't fare as well. St. Stephen's/St. Agnes defeated the Saints, 12-8, in the first round, then West Chester Henderson (3-1) rallied from a 7-0 deficit to win, 13-10, in the consolation.

"This whole day has been bad news," said St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow, whose team (5-4) has dropped three straight.

"We thought we had the game [against West Chester Henderson] in the first half, but we didn't play up to our capabilities in the second half and they seemed to want it more then us," said Bristow, whose team led, 8-4, at halftime. "We usually play as a team but today we were playing more as individuals."

St. Mary's Kelly Coppedge had a team-high three goals against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, and Lindsey Ringle, Jamie Motley, Lana Smith and Kelly Moran each scored twice against West Chester Henderson.

Mount Hebron, which has won 10 of 11 Howard County titles and hasn't lost to a county opponent in eight years, scored three goals in 50 seconds to break open the game against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, which returned from a week-long trip to Florida Friday and had three starters out of action because of illness.

The Saints (7-1) scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 3, but scores by Kate Frande, Purcell and Katie Jeschke started a seven-goal run that gave Mount Hebron a 10-3 lead with 5: 07 left. Each team added two goals before halftime.

Mount Hebron, which got four goals and an assist from Alyssa Trocher and three goals and two assists from Lauren Kickham, took a 15-6 lead with 20 minutes left.

Robinson was pleased with his team's offensive showing, but couldn't say the same about the defense.

"I don't feel we played a complete game," Robinson said. "We played a great offensive game, but our defense was sub-standard. We gave up too many goals."

Mount Hebron goalie Katelyn Hoffman agreed. "The defense was flat," said Hoffman, who had two excellent saves in the first half. "Our offense stepped it up for us."

Pub Date: 4/04/99

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