Mount Hebron states its case: 18-9 over Annapolis for title

Nordhoff, Taylor each net 8 points to power Vikings to ninth straight victory

Class 3A-2A state boys lacrosse

High schools

May 23, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Dressed in their white uniforms, the Mount Hebron boys lacrosse players resembled Navy Midshipmen tossing their hats into the air at graduation - only it was a torrent of lacrosse sticks that went airborne yesterday at UMBC as the Vikings celebrated their Class 3A-2A state-championship victory over Annapolis, 18-9.

A season that began in rough waters, with the Vikings losing their first three games and five of the first nine, ended with easy sailing.

By halftime, Mount Hebron (13-5) had taken control at 9-5. And after three quarters, the Vikings led 13-5.

Mount Hebron's ninth straight win and third state title silenced its doubters and boosted the standing of first-year coach Tom Minard.

"This was the best game we've played all year," Minard said. "I told them you have certain milestones in your life, like getting married and having kids, and that winning a state championship is one of them. It is something that no one can ever take away."

Mount Hebron attackmen Kurt Nordhoff and Brendan Taylor had big games, as did goalkeeper Will Sepich, midfielders Joey Mansolillo and Mike Glancey and defensemen Matt Fallon and John Brill.

Nordhoff (six goals, two assists), headed to the University of Delaware this fall, thought that a loss to Howard County-champion Centennial on April 19 was the turning point of Mount Hebron's season.

"Losing to Centennial terribly upset us, but we didn't give up and pointed to the state championship as our next goal," Nordhoff said. "That became our motivation, and all our hard work and 6 a.m. running turned out to be for a good cause."

He said he had a good feeling about yesterday after Centennial crushed Southern-Anne Arundel in the Class 2A-1A championship game Tuesday, 16-6.

"I was worried the whole game, though, because we had come back from a big deficit against Catonsville [in the state semifinals]," Nordhoff said.

Taylor, who will try to make Towson University's team as a walk-on, scored five goals and had three assists. He boosted his team-high total for goals scored to 56.

"Everyone said we were going nowhere after our loss to Centennial, but our attack poured it on today," Taylor said. "We dodged and dished to the open man on the crease, and their slides were too slow. This feels a lot better than my first state title my freshman year."

Mount Hebron's other state titles were in 1991 and 1999.

Mansolillo, who entered the game with 18 goals and 11 assists, burst yesterday for four goals and four assists. Glancey, the team leader in ground balls this season, had four assists. Jimmy Elliott scored a goal, and Ben Bereznay scored two goals and had one assist.

Annapolis (12-7), winner of state titles in 1994 and 1998, was led by Brian Vetter with three goals, Luke Mays and L.C. Moerschell with two goals apiece and David Gioffre with two assists.

"We just didn't play well," said coach Joe Keenan. "We weren't as aggressive as we should have been, were slow covering the perimeter and didn't react well to their adjustments. They were a good team, won the ground balls and took advantage of our mistakes."

Mount Hebron had a 35-21 edge in ground balls; the Vikings outshot the Panthers 44-25.

Goals: Goals: A-Vetter 3, Moerschell 2, Mays 2, Baxter, Jauregui; MH-Nordhoff 6, Taylor 5, Mansolillo 4, Bereznay 2, Elliott. Assists: A-Gioffre 2, Berdeguez, Mays; MH-Glancey 4, Mansolillo 4, Taylor 3, Nordhoff 2, Bereznay. Saves: A-Krissoff 13; MH-Sepich 11. Half: MH, 9-5.

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