Nordhoff stands tall for Hebron

15 points in 2 games lift Vikings to tourney title

Boys lacrosse

April 15, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At 5 feet 10, 153 pounds, Mount Hebron's Kurt Nordhoff is the perfect foil to Johns Hopkins-bound Mike Selawski, his 6-5, 180-pound left-handed teammate.

And when Selawski draws specialized defenses from opposing teams, Nordhoff, among the most versatile offensive players Jeff Doolan has coached, can simply dominate.

The diminutive junior did just in yesterday's Gerry Case Memorial Tournament at Broadneck. His 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in two games accounted for nearly all of the 19 goals scored by No. 7-ranked Vikings (4-1) in wins over the host and No. 10 Bruins (8-1) and 15th-ranked C. Milton Wright (7-2), the latter in the title game.

With two minutes left, Nordhoff scored the game-winner in the semifinal win over Broadneck, 10-9. He assisted on three of the last five goals in a 9-6 win over C. Milton Wright, and scored the last two goals in that game.

"He missed all of last year with a back injury, so he's hungry to make up for lost time," said Doolan, whose team had 18 assists in two games.

Brendan Taylor (five goals, two assists), Joey Mansolillo (two, one) and Mike Glancey (two, one) also played well for Mount Hebron, a winner of five straight since opening the season with an 11-7 loss to No. 2 McDonogh.

"We put in a pretty tough week of practice for this," Nordhoff said. "I think it showed today."

Broadneck, which defeated East Meadow (N.Y.) for third place, overcame a 7-1 halftime lead and tied Mount Hebron 9-9 on Chris Young's goal with four minutes to play.

"I thought history would repeat itself," said coach Clay White, whose Bruins had beaten Mount Hebron three times previously in overtime. "But they made a great switch to zone from man-to-man. We turned it ball over, they took it up and scored. Ballgame."

In two games, Broadneck's Rusty Poisson and Chad Summerville each had four goals and an assist. Teammate Steve Panos had two goals and three assists. White credited defender Eric Dumunda for keeping Selawski scoreless.

"He's a strong left-hander, so I tried to force him to the right," said the 6-2 Dumunda. "I had to run a lot. It was pretty exhausting."

C. Milton Wright ripped East Meadow (2-4-2) of Long Island, 10-2, in the first game, but fell to a Mount Hebron defense anchored by goalie Dan Valente (19 saves). Valente had 25 saves in two games.

In two games, the Mustangs were led by Joe Scanlon (two goals, five assists), Colin Volrath (four goals, one assist) and Jeff Rominski (three goals).

C. Milton Wright coach Andrew Gerard credited defenders Brad Bonovich, who also scored once against Mount Hebron, and Frank Hopkins for their play against Selawski, who wound up with one goal. C. Milton Wright's Chris Petrush had 24 saves in two games.

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