No. 1 Hebron shows its top form, 14-5

Vikings win own tourney by routing No. 8 St. Mary's

Girls lacrosse

April 07, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Scary good.

That's about the most appropriate way to describe this year's Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team, which won its own tournament yesterday by easily defeating No. 8 St. Mary's, 14-5.

Sluggish in the morning in a lackluster 14-4 win over St. Paul's, the No. 1 Vikings (5-0) turned up the intensity against the Saints in the afternoon championship, delivering another dominating performance on offense and defense.

Junior Kristen Waagbo led Mount Hebron's offense with three goals and two assists, while junior defender Laura Cipro held St. Mary's playmaker Mary Key to only one point as the Vikings put away both games by intermission.

"I think the first game we came out pretty slow," Waagbo said. "It didn't really hurt us that much, but the second game we knew we needed to come to play because St. Mary's has a lot of talent. We knew if we didn't play well, they had the potential to beat us because it's their biggest game of the year."

Potential, at least yesterday, didn't translate into goals for the Saints (5-2-1), who advanced to the championship with a 16-4 win over Bel Air. The Vikings paid heavy attention to Saints senior midfielder Brooke Dieringer and Key, two of the better athletes in the area, and never let St. Mary's see more than a sliver of daylight.

"Both Dieringer and Key are really quick in the midfield, and if you turn it over, they'll make you pay," said Mount Hebron's Melissa McCarthy. "We made sure to double team every chance we got, and it seemed to work pretty well."

Dieringer will get used to seeing plenty of McCarthy and Vikings midfielder Stephanie Scurachio, as all three are headed to the University of North Carolina to play lacrosse next year. But it was the Vikings' future Tar Heels that had success on this day, running up a 10-1 lead by halftime.

"We just tried to keep moving and spread out our offense," Waagbo said. "We got some open looks and put them away."

McCarthy scored three times, Scurachio twice, Lindsay Dutch twice and Maria Bosica twice to fill out a rounded Vikings' attack.

"When you come in and play a team like Mount Hebron, a lot weighs on you," said St. Mary's assistant coach Bill Krampf. "More of it is mental than it is physical. When you're up against a dynasty, it's tough to overlook that."

It's even tougher to overlook the torrid scoring pace of Waagbo, a silky-smooth 6-footer who earned All-Metro honors in basketball during the winter. In the first game against St. Paul's, Waagbo had four goals and an assist, and with her three scores against St. Mary's, she has 17 in four games.

St. Mary's did effectively sting Mount Hebron a few times in transition, getting two scores from sophomore Jenna Hubbard and another from Jaimee Motley. But even 12 saves by goalie Kathleen Finnegan couldn't keep the Saints within striking distance.

"We knew they had three really good players, and so it was a matter of finding the right personnel to stick on them," said Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland. "I though Laura Cipro was outstanding shutting down Mary Key, and the whole defense stepped up and played well."

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