Towson steamrolled by Mount Hebron

No. 1 Vikings romp, 16-4, claim 3rd straight title and seventh of decade

Girls 1A-2A lacrosse

May 27, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Mount Hebron needed only 10 seconds to begin dashing No. 11 Towson's hope for an upset in last night's Class 1A-2A state championship at UMBC.

Annie Collins scored the first goal in just 10 seconds en route to a 16-4 victory and the Vikings third straight state title, the last two in Class 1A-2A. The Vikings rolled up a 6-0 lead before the Generals even took a shot.

"All it takes is their stick getting open for them to score," said Towson senior Katie Dolan. "They don't need their whole body to be open. They're a real quick team and they just got ahead of us."

The Vikings, who outshot Towson, 39-8, capped off an exceptional run through the decade by finishing 20-0 this season with their 31st consecutive victory and their seventh state crown.

The most dominant public school team of the decade, the Vikings are the only team -- girls or boys -- to reach the state final four every year in the 1990s. They lost in the semifinals in 1990, the first year of the state tournament, and in 1991 but have been to the title game every year since.

For the second straight year, the Vikings beat the Generals in the title game, but last year it was closer -- 9-7.

After giving up three goals in the 1: 30 last year, the Generals (14-5) had hoped to stop the initial barrage, but they only slowed it a bit. This time, it took the Vikings all of 6: 37 to reach 3-0.

The Vikings extended their lead to 6-0 before Michelle Clarke scored on the Generals' first shot, a free position to pull within 6-1 with 9: 06 left. After Mount Hebron pulled ahead 9-1, Jill Wienecke added another free-position goal for Towson with 41 seconds to go before halftime.

The Generals' defense, however, could not contain the Vikings' powerhouse attack. Collins finished with four goals and two assists while Lauren Kickham had four goals. Alyssa Trocher had three goals and Polly Purcell and Stephanie Scurachio added two goals each.

The Vikings' defense couldn't keep up with the multiple threats.

"They set up stacks at the top and they pull them out and they cut through," said Generals defender Julia Paul. "Our idea was to get the cutters and also do our regular slides, but we would sometimes lose track of a person. If we looked away, they were gone."

The Vikings just had too much speed and too much defensive pressure for the Generals.

"Transition is where we had trouble," said Dolan. "We got a lot of checks off, but we had trouble clearing it in the midfield."

It didn't help the Generals to be without All-Metro midfielder Lindsay Buchanan, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the regional final.

Buchanan (61 goals, 36 assists) and Dolan (70 goals, 17 assists) had provided a powerful punch on attack as the Generals won their fourth straight regional title.

Last night, Dolan, Clarke, Paul and Wienecke scored the goals for Towson while Claire Hoeckel made nine saves.

The Generals won the title in 1997, when Mount Hebron won the Class 3A-4A title, but only Annapolis, in 1996, has been able to stop the Vikings once they've reached the final.

"We didn't come out with a win at the end," said Dolan, "but we all played really hard together and that's what it's all about. To make it back here was awesome."

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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