Mt. Hebron spills Bryn Mawr

No. 1 Vikings win, 14-4, after 7-goal halftime lead against No. 3 Mawrtians

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

March 26, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For Mount Hebron's top-ranked girls lacrosse team, spring break had to wait.

At 11 o'clock yesterday morning, the Vikings gathered on their field to walk through the game plan for their afternoon contest with No. 3 Bryn Mawr. First-year coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland wanted her team thinking about the game all day, hoping to avert the tie-game outcome that prevailed a year ago.

The plan worked. The host Vikings ran up a seven-goal lead by halftime and cruised to a 14-4 victory, their sixth win over the Mawrtians in eight years.

"Last year when we played them, we didn't have a day of school," said Kuhl-McClelland. "I didn't want them lounging around. I wanted them getting focused. We had the walk through and they all went out to lunch."

The true motivation, however, stemmed from last season's game - a 9-9 tie that ended after 50 minutes, because the game was at Bryn Mawr and the Mawrtians' league, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, does not play overtime.

"We were upset about that," said Vikings defender Liz Frande. "We were thinking that this time, it's our rules, our refs, our field - we can't let them come and show us up on our own field."

The game started a little shaky for the Vikings, who handed the Mawrtians the first goal when Frande rolled a loose ball into the crease, but goalie Cindy Nicolaus wasn't ready. The ball kept rolling, right into the net.

But that would be one of few lowlights as the Vikings (2-0) soon began to dominate the Mawrtians (1-1) on both ends of the field. They scored on their first five shots and they allowed just two goals in the final 46 minutes.

After Olachi Opara's spinner gave the Mawrtians a 2-1 lead, the Vikings set off on an 11-1 run that drove their lead to 12-3 by early in the second half. The Vikings dominated the draws, 13-6, and the loose balls and their settled attack seemed unstoppable.

"We were really patient," said Vikings attacker Kristen Waagbo, who scored five goals and had two assists. "We didn't want to turn the ball over or force it in the middle. We knew if we got it in the middle, their defense would just collapse on us. We really wanted to take advantage of mismatches and isolations."

Mawrtians defender Ardith Lindsey said: "They're really good at looking at the player coming off the pick in the stack, seeing each other and getting the ball inside. They just work well as a unit."

The Vikings, who outshot Bryn Mawr 31-17, also got three goals and two assists from Lindsay Dutch and two goals each from Melissa McCarthy and Maria Bosica.

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