Hebron gets revenge, 11-7

No. 1 team dismantles St. Stephen's/Agnes, which cut string in '01

High School

April 05, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

With so much talk of revenge and redemption, the last thing on anyone's minds was a rout, but that's essentially what happened yesterday as Mount Hebron and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes got together for one of the region's best girls lacrosse rivalries.

The Vikings simply ran away with things.

No. 1 Mount Hebron won, 11-7, but it wasn't that close. The Saints tacked on two goals in the final minute, but couldn't solve the Vikings' defense when it mattered most, as Mount Hebron avenged its 10-9 loss to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes of a year ago, which broke a 63-game unbeaten streak.

"We remember pretty well what it felt like to have them beat us last year," said Mount Hebron midfielder Stephanie Scurachio, who had two goals and two assists. "We were determined to not let that happen again, and we wanted to prove we're the No. 1 team this year."

There was some debate coming in as to which team was better, but not afterward. To the credit of the Saints, ranked second in the Washington area, they held up for stretches against the Vikings' high-powered attack despite playing without starting defenseman Abigail Meyer, who was recently lost for the year with a knee injury. But Mount Hebron (3-0) simply had too much firepower to contain. Kristen Waagbo scored three goals and had an assist, and Lindsey Dutch scored twice and dominated the draws, winning 14 of 20.

"I think draw control and ground balls were really the key today," Dutch said. "Last year, they got a lot of the ground balls."

The Vikings jumped out to an 8-4 lead at halftime thanks to two clutch goals in the final minute before intermission. Saints midfielders Lydia Denkler and Kathleen Miller had each just scored to pull St. Stephen's/St. Agnes within 6-4, but Mount Hebron's Melissa McCarthy made a beautiful move to get to net on the very next possession, and Waagbo scored in traffic off a feed from Scurachio to increase the lead back to four.

"I think this is really Mount Hebron's year," said Saints coach Kathy Jenkins. "They've got a really talented group of athletes, and they're very mature."

What turned the game Mount Hebron's way for good, however, was defense, specifically a five-minute stretch in the middle of the second half when the Saints (2-1) had the ball in the Vikings' end of the field. Shot after shot St. Stephen's/St. Agnes tried - but failed - to get the ball past Mount Hebron goalie Cindy Nicolaus. And when the Vikings finally won back possession of the ball after defender Liz Frande drew a charge, it was clear it was Mount Hebron's day.

"After we held them, you could just see the frustration in their faces," Frande said.

"I think that St. Stephen's has an excellent team and that skill-wise, they're just as good as we are," Scurachio said. "I think it was just a matter of who wanted it more today, and that was us."

Saints goalie Kathryn Tylander played well despite the outcome, notching 13 saves, but Nicolaus was nearly as good, with nine.

"I really have to give all the credit to [defensive coordinator] Scott Robinson," said Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland. "He came up with a great game plan to hold them from scoring and it really worked. He's just a mastermind.

"This is a big win for us. It feels really good. I'll be able to sleep tonight now."

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