Mount Hebron bursts out of blocks, routs Atholton

Vikings triumph, 13-5, to start year on high note

Boys lacrosse

High schools

March 24, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron lacrosse is back.

That's the message the perennial Ellicott City lacrosse power wanted to send in its opener at Atholton yesterday.

The Vikings succeeded. Big time.

They blasted Atholton, 13-5.

And if not for a sensational effort by Atholton goalkeeper Patrick Cavanaugh, the score would have gotten completely out of hand.

As it was, the first batch of Cavanaugh's 16 saves kept the Raiders tantalizingly close at 4-2 until Vikings goals by Casey Hughes and Andrew Aleshire late in the second period boosted Mount Hebron to a 6-2 halftime lead.

The Vikings then scored the first four goals of the third period - two by Aleshire - to bury Atholton.

"Last year we only beat Atholton by one goal, and we're a slow-starting team, usually, so we were intent on jumping on top quickly today," said Vikings attackman Colin Kendall, who scored two goals and made two assists in a well-balanced Mount Hebron offense. "We wanted to make a statement that we're not sleeping this year."

Mount Hebron was 7-5 last season, a rare down year, while Atholton won 10 games.

Some people thought yesterday's game was going to be competitive like last year's 8-7 Mount Hebron win, especially because the Vikings already have lost five players this season to an assortment of problems, including a knee injury to top returning offensive threat Matt Berry.

But the Vikings still start three senior attackmen, two senior midfielders, two senior defensemen and have a senior goalkeeper. The Raiders start four sophomores and a freshman, and the age disparity showed.

"Atholton is usually a physical team and we're not, but we were more physical than them today," said Kendall. " ... We have a really good defense anchored by Eric Segasser."

Segasser shut down Atholton's top scorer, sophomore Zander Crawford (one goal).

Atholton's defense, meanwhile, had little spark other than Cavanaugh and junior Mark Linsam.

"We came in with expectations of going the whole nine yards today," said Atholton coach Josh Bound, "but our go-to guys are sophomores, so we don't mind losing this year to good teams like Mount Hebron as long as we improve every game."

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