It's official. Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team is No. 1 in the country.
The November/December issue of Lacrosse Magazine, published by US Lacrosse, will be mailed to members next week. In it, the magazine names the Vikings as the country's top girls team of 1999.
Mount Hebron finished 20-0 last season and won its third consecutive state championship and seventh in the past eight years. The Vikings have earned 11 Howard County titles in the past 12 years.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment for a public school to be No. 1 in the country considering that it's known as a private school sport," said Chris Robinson, who was named the Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year last season. "I'm very happy for the girls because they worked very hard to earn it."
Six players from last season's team are playing at Division I colleges. Six seniors already have committed to colleges, and three more are expected to do so in the next two months.
Annie Collins will attend the University of Maryland, where she will join former teammate Bridget Frande. Polly Purcell and Liz Eberhart have selected Boston University, where they will join former teammates Chrissy Lombard and Kyle Rutkowski. Courtney Lombard will attend James Madison University, Lauren Kickham will attend Duke University and Katelyn Hoffman has selected the University of North Carolina.
Mount Hebron was ranked 11th in Lacrosse Magazine in 1996, third in 1997 and seventh last year.
Megan Greene doesn't know how Hofstra University found out about her.
"I have no idea," said the Oakland Mills senior.
She's just glad it did.
Greene signed a lacrosse scholarship Wednesday that, along with academic money, will provide her a full ride to the Long Island school. What makes Greene's signing different from others at this time of year is that she doesn't play for a top-notch program.
"I know I'm a good goalie, but it really is hard to get recognized if you don't play at a big school," said Green.
Green, who made first-team All-County last season after registering a league-high 204 saves for the 4-11 Scorpions, said her road to Hofstra began with a videotape.
"They asked me to send a tape and I did," said Greene, who got a tape of last season's two games between Mount Hebron and Oakland Mills from Robinson, the Vikings coach. "They called me back and it all went from there.
"I guess I got lucky, because it's hard to get noticed if you're not on a Hebron or Severna Park or another big-name school."
Green, who has played for three different coaches at Oakland Mills since she became a starter her freshman year, made official visits to Hofstra, Ohio University and La Salle. Four county athletes currently play lacrosse at Hofstra -- Centennial's Gina Dinisio and Liz Sturm and Mount Hebron's Kristin Marshall and Kelly Dodson.
Nothing planned this weekend?
Well, thanks to the success of county athletic teams, there are plenty of playoff activities to keep you entertained.
Here, starting with today and in chronological order, are the choices:
5 p.m. -- River Hill vs. Thomas Johnson in a Class 3A girls soccer state semifinal at Sherwood.
5 p.m. -- River Hill vs. Walter Johnson in a Class 3A boys soccer state semifinal at Magruder.
5 p.m. -- Mount Hebron vs. Hereford in a Class 2A boys soccer state semifinal at Kenwood.
7 p.m. -- Gwynn Park at Centennial in the Class 2A, South Region volleyball final.
7: 30 p.m. -- Hammond vs. Loch Raven in a Class 2A girls soccer state semifinal at Loch Raven.
7: 30 p.m. -- Oakland Mills vs. Bohemia Manor in a Class 1A boys soccer state semifinal at South Hagerstown.
7: 30 p.m. -- Middletown at Howard in a Class 2A football quarterfinal.
7: 30 p.m. -- Wilde Lake at Seneca Valley in a Class 3A football quarterfinal.
9 a.m. -- State cross country championships at Hereford.
11: 30 a.m. -- Long Reach vs. Fallston in the Class 3A state field hockey final at Goucher College.
2 p.m. -- Mount Hebron vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the Class 2A state field hockey final at Goucher College.
3: 30 p.m. -- Glenelg vs. Sparrows Point in a Class 1A girls soccer state semifinal at Howard.
5 p.m. -- River Hill at Douglass (Prince George's County) in the Class 3A East region volleyball final.
Goals from Christine Corkran, Molly Walker and Laura Clark lifted Glenelg Country School's girls field hockey team to a 3-0 win yesterday over visiting St. Timothy's in an Independent Athletic Association of Maryland B Division tournament semifinal game at Glenelg County School.
The Dragons will play John Carroll, a 2-0 winner over Lutheran, for the championship at noon tomorrow at Towson University.
Indoor coaches needed
Howard is looking for coaches for its boys and girls indoor track teams. Contact athletic director Vince Parnell at 410-313-2874.