No. 1 Mount Hebron answers challenge, tops No. 2 Bryn Mawr, 14-10

Vikings pull away, win tourney championship

Girls lacrosse

April 23, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Controlling possession as well as style of play, top-ranked Mount Hebron defeated second-ranked Bryn Mawr, 14-10, yesterday in the championship game of the Mount Hebron Spring Tournament.

The Vikings (7-0) broke open a 2-all game with four straight goals en route to an 8-3 halftime lead. The Mawrtians (14-1) got within three goals twice -- at 10-7 and 11-8 -- but each time Mount Hebron answered with a score of its own.

And even though Bryn Mawr won 15 of 25 draws, it was Mount Hebron that dictated the game.

"They had the ball more than we did," said Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel, "and when they had it they made it count."

Polly Purcell had three goals for the Vikings, winners of 38 straight games, and Katie Jeschke, Lindsay Dutch, Lauren Kickham, Stephanie Scurachio and Katie Zabel each had two.

"We stepped up against a very well-coached and talented team," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. "Bryn Mawr does a lot of things well, and our kids stepped up and did all the right things at the right times."

Added Kickham: "Everyone on the team did something at some point to raise the level of play."

Miles Whitman was outstanding for Bryn Mawr, scoring six goals.

"We did things to try and shut her down and we couldn't stop her," Robinson said. "She's a very good player. Very fast."

Bryn Mawr's speed was evident, but Mount Hebron countered with excellent defense, led by Courtney Lombard, Katie Zabel and Liz Eberhart, and a patient attack.

"We controlled the tempo of the game and that was something we had to do," said Robinson. "They're a phenomenal transition team, and we couldn't get in a run -and-gun game with them. We had to play a half-field game."

"I think our midfielders and attack played very smart. They didn't force the ball and took advantage of opportunities that were available," Robinson said.

Mount Hebron opened the tournament with an 18-9 win over Radnor (Pa.) High. Bryn Mawr had a much harder first-round opponent in fifth-ranked Severna Park, which it defeated, 8-5, behind four goals from Meredith Goodell. Kridel did not substitute in either game, and she said that was a factor in the second half against the Vikings.

"We played an excellent team in Severna Park and that made it more difficult to come out to play the second game when I'm not able to rest my starting 12."

Still, Kridel was pleased with her team's effort against Mount Hebron. "We played pretty well," she said.

Bryn Mawr's Theresa Sherry agreed. "We kept fighting back. Mount Hebron's a very good team. They were good at adjusting to what we were doing."

A lesson learned two years ago against Roland Park kept the Vikings focused when they took their 8-3 lead into the second half.

"We were up 9-2 against Roland Park and lost," Zabel said. "We talked about that at halftime. We knew we had to keep up the intensity."

Severna Park (7-3) defeated Radnor (7-2) in the consolation, 12-2.

Severna Park coach Carin Peterson said her team was "shellshocked" at the start of its game against Bryn Mawr when the Mawrtians took a 6-1 halftime lead.

"They started out quick and we didn't know how to react," Peterson said. "The key was they kept possession."

Peterson said her team's defense played better in the second half, but added that the Falcons "still need a little more patience on attack."

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