Vikings make statement, leave Glenelg behind, 19-5

8-1 run in second quarter decisive for Mt. Hebron

April 28, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sometimes a young team can lose heart when it tackles an ambitious schedule and comes out on the short end too often.

If yesterday's powerful performance against Glenelg is any indication, then Mount Hebron (5-4 overall, 5-4 league) has leap-frogged that pitfall and is ready to compete for county and post-season titles.

The Vikings overwhelmed Glenelg, 19-5, warming up well for Thursday's county-title showdown with River Hill. The Hawks struggled to beat Glenelg by three goals 13 days ago.

"We definitely wanted to send a message," said Vikings sophomore attackman Mike Selawski, who scored six goals and had two assists to boost his team-leading point total to 37 (28 goals, nine assists). "It helps you to know that we gave [No. 1-ranked] McDonogh a strong game."

Mount Hebron's losses include McDonogh (12-4), No. 13 Broadneck (7-3), C. Milton Wright (6-5) and a powerful New York team, Carthage (10-7). The Vikings play No. 2 St. Mary's on Saturday.

Neal Goldman, a junior attackman, scored two goals and had two assists yesterday. He is second on the team in points with 32 (19 goals, 13 assists) and amplified Selawski's thoughts concerning tough schedules.

"Winning is not everything. It's getting yourself better," he said. "And we're not done getting better."

The unranked Vikings also got strong efforts from senior attackman Bryan Warner (15 goals, 15 assists), who scored five goals and had three assists, and from senior midfielder Matt Midura (15 goals, 15 assists), who scored once and assisted five times.

Glenelg (4-5, 3-2) was Mount Hebron's fifth county victim. The Vikings have outscored those five opponents, 86-14.

"We've played better each game," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "I didn't expect this score but thought we had the potential. We have yet to put together a 40-minute game."

Mount Hebron started slowly, leading only 2-1 after one quarter and allowing Glenelg to tie the game 2-2 before going on an 8-1 run in the second-quarter run, with four goals coming in the final 1: 09 before halftime.

Glenelg goalkeeper Shawn Mathews made several outstanding saves early to keep his team in it, but the Vikings' pressure broke down Glenelg's defense.

"We got tired working so hard on defense," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said. "They are a well-polished, exceptional group, and that's an understatement. We knew they were very good. We didn't come with blinkers on."

Mount Hebron sophomore goalkeeper Dan Valente played his best game of the season with 15 saves, several against Glenelg's star player, Zack McQuigg. Valente and sophomore defenseman Adam Cummins combined to hold McQuigg to two goals and one assist.

"Cummins was the best one who has covered me this season," McQuigg said. "Mount Hebron is a great team."

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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