No. 1 Hebron gets pushed, but pulls off 20-9 victory

No. 7 Notre Dame Prep surprises with pesky `D'

Girls lacrosse

April 24, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For most teams a "reality check" comes in the form of a loss, but for Mount Hebron's No. 1 girls lacrosse team, it comes when an opponent stays within five goals through the middle of the second half.

Seventh-ranked Notre Dame Prep surprised the Vikings yesterday with an intense pressure defense designed to contain top scorer Kristen Waagbo and dangerous midfielder Melissa McCarthy. Although that strategy worked pretty well, the Vikings simply had too much firepower and finally overcame the visiting Blazers, 20-9.

"It was a good reality check," said Vikings senior Stephanie Scurachio, who led the way with five goals and two assists. "Their league [Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference] is really, really competitive, so it's nice to have them in the middle of the county season to remind us that there's teams out there than can beat us."

For the past few weeks, the Vikings (10-0) have been cruising by Howard County competition by an average victory margin of 23.8 goals. When the Blazers' Coco Stanwick scored the first goal yesterday, it came as quite a shock.

"That caught us a little bit off guard," said Vikings defender Laura Carper, whose team had not allowed more than seven goals in a game this season.

Although quick goals from Lindsay Dutch and Maria Bosica wiped out the Blazers' lead for good, NDP (5-3-1) stayed within striking distance most of the way thanks to an efficient offense that nailed nine of 14 shots.

"They came right after us and got some really good shots," Carper said. "Our defense panicked a little bit, because they kept losing us and getting open on some rolls and cuts. We just didn't know what to do for a little bit there, but then we called timeout and got everything together."

The Vikings' attack wasn't so efficient but shot a whole lot more - 37 times.

Blazers defenders Rachel Mech and Allie MacMeekin guarded Waagbo and McCarthy, respectively, and they shut the duo out in the first half. But two defenders glued to their marks meant a lot of dangerous Vikings remained for the rest of the Blazers to cover.

"That left the low defenders to do a lot of double-teaming more than usual," said NDP defender Anne Barthelme, "so we played more of a zone rather than man-to-man, but they're such a good team. They're the best run-and-gun team around, and they're just as good in their settled attack."

The Blazers, led by Stanwick's four goals, came within 12-7 on Marissa Giannerini's goal on a feed from Stanwick with 13:50 left in the second half. The Vikings answered with five straight goals, capped by Scurachio's behind-the-back shot, to put the game out of reach at 17-7 with 7:07 to go.

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