Mount Hebron awakes, beats Catonsville, 18-11

Down 6-1, rain seems to bring Vikings alive

Class 3A-2A boys lacrosse

High School

May 18, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Bad weather could not have come at a better time for Mount Hebron's boys lacrosse team last night.

Beneath first-quarter sunny skies at Annapolis High, the Vikings got blitzed 6-1 by Catonsville, their Class 3A-2A state semifinal opponent, and looked as if they were in danger of getting blown out by the Comets.

But a second-period storm, which was so strong it nearly turned the field into swamp, seemed the perfect cure for Mount Hebron's woes. The Vikings outscored the Comets 17-5 the rest of the way, holding on for an easy 18-11 victory, which earned them a berth in 3A-2A state championship next week at UMBC.

"All our seniors got together and swore to each other that we wouldn't let this be our last game," said Vikings senior Kurt Nordhoff, who had four goals and five assists. "We weren't tossing our jerseys in yet. It was a mud bowl out there, but we found a way to pull through."

Catonsville's flawless first quarter wasn't a fluke. The Comets (11-3) grabbed control by dominating faceoffs and, as a result, keeping the ball out of the Vikings' hands.

Jon Reid had a goal and two assists, Carl Oswald scored twice and the Comets scored twice off Vikings penalties after getting a man advantage.

But the rain seemed to wake Mount Hebron (12-5) from its early slumbers. In the second period, Nordhoff, Mike Glancey and Brendan Taylor scored to make it 7-4 going into halftime, and the momentum change was apparent.

Shawn Girch started winning faceoffs, and the Vikings got on a roll. During a six-minute strech, Joey Mansolillo scored twice, and Glancey, Taylor and Nordhoff each added a goal to give Mount Hebron a 9-7 lead.

"Faceoffs, faceoffs, faceoffs,'` said Catonsville coach Matt Ames. "That was the biggest difference for us. When the momentum started to change, we really needed to get the ball back and we just couldn't. They made some nice adjustments."

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