Howard County

Girls Lacrosse

March 21, 2001|By STAN RAPPAPORT

Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team will start one senior, six juniors and five sophomores. A rebuilding year for the top-ranked Vikings?


Mount Hebron, which has been ranked No. 1 in the country the past two seasons and has a 50-game winning streak, is as dangerous as ever. The Vikings are just a little young, that's all.

"We certainly lost a lot of talent from last year's team," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, "but these young players are eager to make their own statement."

Mount Hebron's strength is its midfield of juniors Melissa McCarthy (35 goals, 19 assists last season) and Stephanie Scurachio (48, 27), and sophomore Lindsay Dutch (32, seven). "There's not a group around that is more athletic and more talented then those three," Robinson said.

Mount Hebron (19-0) has won eight state titles in the past nine years, including four straight, and 12 Howard County titles in 13 seasons, including 10 straight. Since the sport began in Howard County in 1988, the Vikings are 98-1. They have won 82 regular-season games in a row against county opponents.

The number of state classifications for teams has changed from two to three this season. Mount Hebron, Howard, Long Reach, River Hill and Wilde Lake are in the Class 3A-2A North Region and Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond and Oakland Mills are in the 2A-1A North.

Glenelg (17-3) which lost twice to Mount Hebron last season, including the 3A-2A-1A state final, returns seven starters, including senior attacker Stephanie Simpson (36, 48); senior midfielder Erin Edell (31, eight); junior midfielder Lindsay Lewis (45, 21); senior attackman Kelly O'Connor (40, six); and senior goalie Heather Young.

Centennial (9-5) returns four starters -- sophomore attackmanKelly Renzi, junior attackman Carey McCrone, senior defender Heather Crouse, and senior attackman Ashley Evans (47, 12) -- and will start six sophomores. The Eagles, who have only two seniors, are "real enthusiastic and hard working," according to coach Katie Marks.

Mike Senisi, who served as River Hill's JV coach the past three seasons and is Centennial's varsity girls soccer coach, takes over for the Hawks (7-5). Seniors Kristen Lewis and Bridge Willett, junior Amanda Tack, and sophomore Shana Meyers will head the attack. Sophomore Laura Hostetler will play center, and seniors Erin Cohen and Abby Gavalek will lead the defense.

Hammond (8-7) returns eight starters, among them four senior captains -- defenders Lindsey Greer and Megan Gallivan, midfielder Emily Sherwood, and attackman Dara Liberati. Sophomores Kelly Burger and Lindsay Buckingham also return to the starting lineup. Coach Emily Petrlik Walker said the Golden Bears "should be competitive with all the teams. Athletically we're very strong."

Wilde Lake (5-8) returns seven starters, led by senior attackmen Rebecca Valley (35, 14) and Kathleen Jackson, and juniors Kelly Thomas (defender) and Samantha DiPietro (goalie).

Senior Erin Symonds (26, 14) and junior Robyn Yeatman (27, three) will lead Long Reach's attack. The Lightning (6-9) will start only two seniors, including goalie Lauren Wilde, who has never played the position before.

With 13 retuning players, nine of them starters, Howard coach Missy Lazzari is "very optimistic" about the season. The Lions (3-13, 2-7) return their three top scorers -- seniors Lindsay Frank (34, 26), Katie McNulty (37, 16) and Sophie Dress (30, 19).

Oakland Mills (4-12) returns nine starters and looks to improve behind the attack of junior Molly McCourt and seniors Sarah Bowman (27, nine) and Kathleen Condon (15, six). Seniors Kate Daily and Tori Paris will play at midfield; junior Lindsey Peterson on defense; and C. J. McDonough in goal.

Atholton (4-12) has three seniors, 13 juniors and two freshman, and will be led by senior attackman Regan Miller (61, nine). Senior Michelle McKenna (38, 13) is recovering from a new injury and won't be back until April at the earliest.

Glenelg Country School (7-8), which plays in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference, has a strong nucleus returning, led by attackmen Christine Corkran (29, 28), Ashley Hudak (32, 14) and Michelle Mulitz; midfielders Molly Walker (48, 21) and Maria Peklo; and senior goalie Theresa Church.

Chapelgate (3-8), also in the C Conference, will be led by sophomore goalie Ayme Ricketts, senior defenders Jenni Crump and Brianne Head and senior midfielder Meghan Klein.

Players to watch

Melissa McCarthy

(Mount Hebron, midfield)

Had 35 goals, 19 assists last season

Stephanie Simpson

(Glenelg, attack)

School's all-time point leader

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