Mount Hebron up to challenge in 15-2 victory

Vikings beat Glenelg, win 12th straight region title

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 20, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

No. 1-ranked Mount Hebron earned its 12th straight region title yesterday and in the process got something it hadn't experienced for some time -- a challenge.

"It was good to have some competition," Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson said after his unbeaten Vikings defeated visiting Glenelg, 15-2, in the Class 1A-2A South region championship. "They challenged our shots and played pretty good defense."

The Vikings, who outscored their four region opponents, 83-4, will play South River, a 17-2 winner over Kent, at 6 p.m. tomorrow in a state semifinal at UMBC. Mount Hebron (18-0) has won six state titles in the past seven years, including the last two.

Glenelg (12-5) gave Mount Hebron its toughest challenge by a county opponent this season in a 16-5 loss. The Gladiators' zone defense forces Mount Hebron into a more deliberate attack.

"They all stand on the 8-meter arc and mark the cutters really well," said Mount Hebron senior Bridget Frande, who had a team-high four goals. "We held the ball a lot and had to work it. Passing the ball faster and reversing it were the keys."

Said Robinson: "Against a zone defense, you have to be patient and work the ball around, and at times we did a pretty good job. They force you to execute well, and we haven't had that challenge for a month and a half. This is a good game to prepare us for South River, because they play a similar defense."

Julie Scurachio scored 25 seconds into the game, and goals by Becca Ferrell, Frande and Polly Purcell gave the Vikings a 4-1 lead five minutes into the game. Lindsay Lewis scored for the Gladiators.

Goals by Lauren Kickham, Annie Collins and Katie Zabel made it 7-1, then the game was stopped because of lightning. After the 30-minute delay, Frande and Collins scored for a 9-1 halftime lead.

Mount Hebron has lost only once to a county opponent since the county starting playing girls lacrosse in 1988. Playing the Vikings is not an easy, or often enjoyable, task.

"You go into it knowing it's going to be a tough game, and you try to play up to your potential," said Glenelg senior captain Lynsey Caldwell. "You know you may not win, but if you play hard, it's almost like a win.

"We played hard, but we played better when we played them in the regular season. We stayed together today, and kept them to a lower score than the first time, so that's good."

Glenelg had a fine season. The Gladiators defeated Centennial for only the second time in the regular-season finale, a win that forced a second-place tie between the two schools in the county standings. In their region semifinal, the Gladiators traveled to Hammond, which had beaten them earlier in the season, and advanced with an 11-10 win.

"It was a great season for us. We met all our goals," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, whose team will graduate four seniors. "We're well on our way defensively, and we have a much better-settled attack than we showed today. That's really our goal next season, to develop that."

Said Caldwell: "I've been on varsity for three years, and it's been the best team and the best season."

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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