Hebron weathers distraction to win

Vikings refocus in delay to beat River Hill, 18-12

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 03, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron usually beats up on county opponents without any help from the weather.

But Vikings coach Tom Minard credited a lightning storm that blew through at 3:55 p.m. and delayed the game with River Hill about 40 minutes yesterday with giving his team time to refocus from the distraction of its senior day pre-game activities and go on to an 18-12 victory in its last league game.

Mount Hebron (8-5 overall, 8-1 league) still has a slim chance of tying Centennial for the league championship, but the Eagles would have to lose either to Howard tonight or to Oakland Mills Tuesday, an unlikely scenario

The host Vikings clung to a 5-4 lead when the game was delayed with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

After play resumed, the Vikings dominated, rolling to an 11-7 halftime lead, a 15-9 third- period lead and an 18-9 lead midway through the fourth quarter. River Hill (6-7, 4-4) added three goals in the final two minutes against Mount Hebron's second team.

"We were flat, at first, but came out much more focused after the storm. Offensively, we're playing very well, and defensively, we're improving," said Minard. "We're still fouling too much. We got rid of the ball well on outlets and got a lot of fast breaks today."

Two prominent seniors each had big days. Delaware-bound attackman Kurt Nordhoff scored four goals and had seven assists. And attackman Brendan Taylor, who will walk on and try to play at Towson, scored six goals and made four assists.

"They [River Hill] came out pumped up, but we shut them down," Taylor said. "The scoreboard didn't indicate how well we beat them. They switched defenses between a zone and a man-to-man, and we adjusted well most of the time. And we played well in transition."

River Hill's only lead was 3-2 at 3:45 of the first quarter following a goal by Josh Borakove off an assist from Alex Tack. Borakove scored three goals and had one assist, and Tack scored three goals and made three assists to lead River Hill's offense.

Taylor scored Mount Hebron's first three goals of the second quarter, powering the Vikings to an 8-5 lead before Nordhoff scored twice to make it 10-5.

"We knew we needed to stop Nordhoff and Taylor and we didn't," said River Hill coach Keith Gonsouland. "We play in spurts and lulls, and right now the lulls are outweighing the spurts."

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