No. 1 Mount Hebron keeps rolling, 12-9

Vikings win 31st in row, outlast New Jersey school in tournament final

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team is so good that it has had to seek out challenges outside Maryland.

The Vikings found what they were looking for yesterday.

No. 1 Mount Hebron opened a seven-goal gap on Shawnee of New Jersey and then withstood a late Renegades rally to walk away with a 12-9 win in the championship game of the seventh annual Mount Hebron Spring Lacrosse Tournament in Ellicott City.

The Vikings (7-0), who have captured the tournament crown all seven years, also routed Great Valley of Pennsylvania, 18-3, in one of two semifinals to extend their winning streak to 31 games.

In the consolation final, No. 14 St. Paul's disposed of Great Valley, 10-6. The Gators dropped a 7-5 decision to Shawnee in the other semifinal.

The Renegades, New Jersey state finalists for the past two seasons and ranked No. 13 by US Lacrosse, had trailed Mount Hebron 12-5 with 9:05 left in the game.

But a four-goal run helped Shawnee (3-1) shave the deficit to three with 1:49 left.

If the Vikings - who share US Lacrosse's No. 1 ranking with Moorestown (N.J.) - were supposed to be worried, they didn't show it.

"This is how lacrosse should be played," said attack Maria Bosica, who helped Mount Hebron win the ensuing draw and effectively wipe out the remaining time. "You definitely feel good about how much hard work you put in after playing like this."

Bosica led a balanced attack with two goals and two assists. Midfielder Lindsay Dutch scored a team-high three goals, and freshman attack Megan Bosica - Maria's sister - delivered two goals and an assist to complement attack and All-Metro Player of the Year Kristen Waagbo, who played despite bronchitis and a sinus infection.

The Vikings, who pride themselves on relentless pressure and a lack of fear in chasing down loose balls, found a match in Shawnee, whose speedy midfielders and hard-nosed play posed problems for Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland.

"We wanted to maintain the tempo," said Kuhl-McClelland, who tweaked her team's fast-break style to a settled pace. "We did not want to get into a shooting contest with them. We didn't have the speed to match them."

St. Paul's nearly made it an all-Maryland final as the Gators owned a 5-2 lead against Shawnee with 15:54 left in one semifinal.

But the Renegades scored five unanswered goals to advance.

St. Paul's did not repeat the mistake against Great Valley, the defending Pennsylvania state champion which was ranked No. 11 by US Lacrosse.

The Patriots never led, and although they trimmed the gap to two with four minutes left in the game, the Gators (5-3-1) pulled away.

"We had a positive mind-set," said attack Liz Schwarcz, who contributed two goals and two assists in the victory. "We knew we had the skill to beat them, and we didn't get too down."

Mount Hebron had little trouble with Great Valley (6-2) as the Vikings owned a 16-0 advantage with 17:03 left in the game.

"We got an education," said Patriots coach Joe Tornetta. "I was hoping we could give them more of a game, but we lost it."

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