Not looking its best, Hebron still outshines Glenelg, 14-3

Somewhat lethargic Vikes remain perfect in county

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 01, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Some days, it's an honor. And other days, the whole dynasty label can be kind of a drag.

Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team easily defeated Glenelg, 14-3, yesterday to remain the only undefeated team in Howard County, but you'd hardly know by the Vikings' reaction afterward. Flat, lethargic and uninspired were just a few of the words being tossed around by the coaches and players, despite a comfortable victory that put the No. 1 team in position to win its 12th straight county title.

"We weren't really focused out there at all," said Mount Hebron midfielder Chrissy Nicolaus, who scored twice and had two assists. "Normally we fight through that, but I'm not sure we did today."

It was a strange game all around, not unlike a big-budget movie that gets plenty of fanfare but delivers little or no compelling drama. Glenelg (8-3, 6-1 county) played relatively well, especially goalies Jessica Young and Ashley Blum, who combined for 14 saves to hold Mount Hebron (12-0, 7-0) to its second-lowest goal total of the season.

But the Gladiators never really challenged the Vikings offensively, especially after leading scorer Lindsay Lewis left the game in the second half after getting hit in the head with a stick, and so Mount Hebron simply ground out its 98th straight win over a county opponent.

"We were frustrated that a lot of shots weren't going in," said Vikings defender Liz Frande. "And I think they really outhustled us to a lot of balls."

Glenelg freshman Terri Coover scored early to tie the score at 1-1, but Stephanie Scurachio, Kristen Waagbo and Karen Long each scored two goals before halftime to help Mount Hebron take a 9-1 lead. Nicolaus, however, had the prettiest goal of the day, batting the ball off the ground during a scramble in front to beat Young near the end of the half.

"We wanted to score more goals than anyone else in the county and keep it from going to a running clock, and we came pretty close," said Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid. "A lot of younger kids got in the game and got a chance to see the beast up close, so hopefully that will help us down the road."

Scurachio, Nicolaus, Lindsay Dutch and Melissa McCarthy each added a goal in the second half to lock down the win, though Amy Knell and Katie Krumpotich scored to keep things respectable for Glenelg. Cindy Nicolaus, Chrissy's twin sister, made seven saves for the Vikings.

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