There are times when even a win isn't good enough for the Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team.
The top-ranked Vikings squandered a commanding eight-goal lead against host Notre Dame Prep, but time ran out on the No. 5 Blazers, who dropped a 13-9 decision in Towson yesterday.
Senior attack Maria Bosica had a goal and three assists for 10-time defending state champion Mount Hebron (9-0), which earned its 33rd consecutive victory.
But several Vikings players expressed dissatisfaction with their play after the game.
"Our expectations are so high, we're not pleased when we don't play our game," said senior attack Kristen Waagbo, who tied senior attack Karen Long with a team-high three goals. "So we'll go out and play a lot better this week."
Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland was equally frustrated, particularly with her squad's inability to run its ball-control offense late in the game.
"We needed to move the ball at our pace, settle it and run our offense," Kuhl-McClelland said. "They felt a need to do it their way. They won't do that anymore."
Kuhl-McClelland - who, by way of two scouting reports, was well aware of Notre Dame Prep's quick-strike offense - saw her concerns become reality when the Blazers stayed neck-and-neck with the Vikings early in the first half.
Notre Dame Prep, which upended then-No. 2 and defending Class 2A-1A state champion Hereford a week ago, matched Mount Hebron goal-for-goal and used a Vikings' own-goal to tie the score at 3 with 13:42 left in the half.
But the Vikings ran off five unanswered goals to end the half with an 8-3 lead.
Mount Hebron continued its torrid ways in the second half, enjoying a 5-2 burst that gave it a 13-5 advantage with 9:55 left in the game.
At that point, Blazers coach Mary Bartel called a timeout and delivered a pep talk.
"Unless we turned it up a notch with 10 minutes left, I felt we weren't going to have a chance," she said. "I felt we could stay with them if we maintained the intensity level we knew we could achieve. I had to remind them of that."
Notre Dame Prep responded, scoring the last four goals to close the gap to four.
Senior attack Coco Stanwick paced the Blazers with four goals and two assists. Senior attack Amanda Alrich and junior midfielder Becky Lillemoe each had two goals and an assist.
"Mount Hebron is a great team," said Stanwick, who declined to take the moral-victory approach. "I'm not happy unless it's a win."