Title tie assured for Hebron

River Hill falls, 18-8, after 12-goal 2nd half

Boys lacrosse

May 05, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron clinched at least a tie for the Howard County boys lacrosse championship by defeating River Hill yesterday, 18-8.

And the No. 9-ranked defending Class 2A-1A state champion Vikings (12-1 overall, 8-0 league) can take the title outright with a win over Wilde Lake on Tuesday.

River Hill (7-3, 5-2) put up a battle in the first half, trailing just 6-4 at the break.

But attackman Neal Goldman and midfielders Franklin Berry and Jon Machiran led a Vikings offense that broke the game open with 12 second-half goals.

Goldman had a career-high 10 points with four goals and six assists. Berry scored a career-high five goals. Machiran scored three times.

Goldman was upset that River Hill goalkeeper Will Melton spit in his face in the third quarter after Goldman scored Mount Hebron's seventh goal and was given only a one-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"Never in my life did anyone spit in my face," Goldman said. "That's totally low class, and he should have been ejected."

Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan also was displeased with the light penalty for spitting. He was pleased overall with his team's performance, however.

"We won faceoffs and dominated possession," he said. "Some defensive breakdowns bothered me."

River Hill's man-for-man defense kept it in the game in the first half.

"We played straight up one-on-one and didn't slide," Hawks coach

"They scored on good shots, not gimmes."

Jay Bond,River Hill coach

Jay Bond said. "They scored on good shots, not gimmes."

Bond was pleased with his team's performance.

"I wouldn't call this a drubbing. We had some penalties that hurt, but we were competitive and played a solid game. We made some mistakes, and they capitalized."

Scott Kenworthy, guarded one-on-one by Kevin McGrath, led the Hawks with two goals and three assists.

He had two goals and two assists while keeping his team in the game during the first half.

Dominic Fisher scored three goals and Jon Clark two for River Hill. Abe Dyer had one goal and two assists.

Brendan Taylor, Mike Selawski and long stick defenseman Brad Preisinger had goals for Mount Hebron.

Bond wasn't happy that Doolan called timeout before his team scored the final two goals in the last two minutes.

"That's Mount Hebron lacrosse," said Bond. "We're the new kids on the block and in four short years are challenging them."

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