The Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team has gotten off to its usual powerful start.
The No. 3 Vikings scored 14 goals in the first half en route to a 21-1 pasting of visiting Atholton in the season opener for both teams in Ellicott City yesterday.
Sophomore midfielder Megan Bosica led Mount Hebron with a game-high six goals and added an assist. Senior attack Kristen Slahor chipped in four goals and an assist.
Despite the lopsided score, Slahor said the team took to heart coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland's pre-game warning about not taking the Raiders, who have never defeated the Vikings, lightly.
"They keep getting better every year," said Slahor, who has accepted a scholarship to play at Ohio State next year.
Senior defender Chelsey Barrett scored Atholton's lone goal.
Besides Slahor, several other Mount Hebron players will continue their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level.
Attack Lindsay Melvin and Laura Wunk will play at George Washington, defender Stephanie Bissett at Syracuse, defender Jessica Galindo at Virginia Tech, attack Gina Lucido at Villa Julie and goalkeeper Valerie Brown at Mount St. Mary's.
In other news concerning Atholton, coach Beth Mazanec has announced that this season - her third - will be her last with the Raiders.
Mazanec, who also has coached the volleyball team for five years, said she is also stepping down from that post to spend more time with her sons.
"If I want to coach, I want to coach my kids," said Mazanec, who has a 4-year-old and a 10-week-old.
Mazanec said her father, Bruce Lindblad, will assume the volleyball duties next fall. Lindblad is Atholton's wrestling coach.
She also said junior varsity lacrosse coach Martie Browning will be the new varsity coach next spring.
As the new girls outdoor track and field coach at Long Reach, Greg Johnson is aware of the big shoes left by his predecessors.
Under Joe and Leslie Thomas, the Lightning claimed five straight county and state titles between 1998 and 2002.
Although Long Reach did not win a state title last season, the Lightning took its sixth county crown under Fardan Carter.
"I don't really feel that much pressure," said Johnson, who is the girls basketball coach at Howard. "Long Reach has a storied history. I take it as a serious undertaking to get Long Reach back to that level of prominence and keeping it there."