Cipros clamp down, Mt. Hebron rolls on

Twins' defense for Vikings key in 22-4 rout of Glenelg

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 25, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

If defense wins championships, then the Cipro twins, Laura and Renee, have top-ranked Mount Hebron looking like a lock to win its eighth straight state title and its 10th in the past 11 years.

The Cipros put the clamps on Glenelg's Amy Knell and Katie Krumpotich yesterday, holding the Gladiators' top scorers to a goal and an assist, respectively.

The twins' efforts in a 22-4 rout brought Mount Hebron (8-0 overall, 6-0 Howard County league) one step closer to winning its 15th county crown in the past 16 seasons.

"We knew we had to get on those two players. We knew they liked to send cutters, so every time they got the ball, we tried to double them," said Laura Cipro, a Georgetown-bound senior, who shared the game ball with her Penn State-bound sister, but credited fellow defenders Noelle Hopper and Britt Faulkner.

"We stuck to the game plan, did a lot of talking and tried to see both the ball and our girls at the same time, making sure our slides were done quickly."

Chelsea Kapp (two goals) was the top scorer for 15th-ranked Glenelg (8-1, 4-1).

"I was more disappointed in our inability to score than I was in giving up the goals," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, whose team trailed 12-1 at halftime. `They're bigger, stronger and were able to control the draws. Once they have all of that, you're down from the beginning."

Kristen Waagbo (five goals, five assists) is among the strongest and most athletic of the Vikings. The Duke-bound 6-footer towered over her opposition and contributed to nine of her team's 12 first-half goals.

Waagbo scored twice and assisted on goals by Lindsay Dutch (two goals, two assists) and Kelyn Laws (four goals) as Mount Hebron jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Waagbo's prettiest move came when she was 10 yards out and facing a defender, around whom she pirouetted to the right before whipping in a waste-high, six-yard shot to the left of keeper Jess Yong.

"You have to have good moves when you play against our defense in practice every day," said Waagbo. "They're good, probably second-best in the county. This proves we're still the dominant team."

Vikings Karen Long and Maria Bosica each scored three goals and had two assists, followed by Megan Bosica (two goals, one assist) and Kristen Slahor (two goals).

"From the offense to defense, the midfield transition, the goalie - everybody clicked," Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said. "We're in playoff push right now and hadn't played for 12 days [April 12,] so the girls were champing at the bit."

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