Pieces change, but Hebron wall stands strong

Lacrosse: The Vikings lose five quality players, but the defending 2A-1A state champions again lead the pack with five All-County players.

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sooner or later the lacrosse talent at Mount Hebron will run out.

But it won't be this season even though the Vikings graduated their top attackman, top midfielder and two top defensemen and lost another top defenseman, All-County Adam Cummins, because he moved to Philadelphia.

Never mind that River Hill and Oakland Mills return most of their excellent teams from last season, or that perennial Vikings-chasers Centennial and Glenelg again will have solid teams, or that normal also-rans like Long Reach and Atholton and Hammond will have their strongest teams in years.

How will those teams defeat a defending Class 2A-1A state championship team that returns five All-County players and is the favorite to capture its fifth county championship in the past six seasons?

"Offensively, we're pretty strong," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said.

Attackman Neal Goldman already has signed a 50 percent scholarship with Georgetown. He had 37 goals and 24 assists his junior year and made positive strides last summer when he impressed college scouts and was one of a handful of state players who made the prestigious Bay State team.

Left-handed 6-foot-3 junior attackman Mike Selawski was the county's third-leading scorer last season with a county-high 59 goals and 20 assists. Big-time schools are sending him letters.

The third attackman is Chris Foster, a 6-2, 190-pound converted back-up goalkeeper.

Goalkeeper Dan Valente made 170 saves on 270 shots (63 percent) and joined Goldman and Selawski as first-team All-County selections.

The Vikings return their fourth- and fifth-best defensemen from last season, 6-0, 195-pound second-team All-County senior Einar Wulfsburg, and 6-1, 185-pound senior Kevin McGrath, who has a 4.0 grade-point average and a 1,300 SAT and is hoping to join Virginia as a walk-on.

"Defense is one of our questions," Doolan said. "We have three guys vying for the third spot but are kind of banged up right now."

Junior Tony Incontrera would be the third defenseman but he has a hamstring problem.

Brad Peisinger, a senior who has never played, has lots of speed and shows promise at defense.

The midfield has depth. Second-team All-County senior Jon Machiran, who scored 13 goals and made 16 assists, is team captain, joined on the first midfield by two players who already have won scholarships to UMBC, Franklin Berry and Tom Tittsworth.

Doolan calls the second midfield his strongest No. 2 ever. It consists of junior Jeff Wunk, a standout defensive midfielder last season, sophomore Kurt Nordhoff, who played varsity attack as a freshman, and junior Jim Cooke, who played second midfield last season.

"We will start nine kids who can play at Division I level, and all but one player has a 3.0 GPA," Doolan said. "I'm pleased with where we are. We have some kinks to work out but they are working hard."

One setback for the Vikings is that Doolan is in the process of losing his defensive coach, Bob Elder, whose new job will prevent him from coaching.

Doolan is disappointed that Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association power and last season's No. 1-ranked team, McDonogh, dropped Mount Hebron from its schedule after a two-year series.

Instead, the Vikings are playing Salisbury of Delaware. They will continue to play in the Broadneck tournament and in a tournament at Syracuse University.

New coaches

Howard and Chapelgate both have new head coaches.

Tony Brown, the assistant varsity coach and head JV coach last season, replaces Glenn Lentz.

Brown, 27, played for Hammond and Limestone College in South Carolina.

Darrel Drown, a former county council member, is the Flames' new coach.

River Hill has picked up Bruce Mengels as its defensive coordinator and JV head coach. Mengels was an All-American defenseman at Virginia in the early 1970s.

Long Reach has added Josh Bounds as its JV coach. Bounds helped coach JV at Atholton last season.

New region

Frederick County and Washington County schools will be playing lacrosse for the first time this season, and Atholton and Glenelg were lucky enough to be shifted into the new Class 3A-2A-1A West Region with the first-timers.

Oakland Mills, Centennial, Mount Hebron, Hammond, Howard and Wilde Lake remain in the Class 3A-2A-1A South Region with teams from Baltimore County.

River Hill and Long Reach will play in the 4A-3A North Region with teams from Baltimore City, Carroll County and Harford County.

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