Out-of-state teams have no answers for young Mount Hebron

Vikings win tournament by combined 32-0 score

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 04, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse players move like hummingbirds.

They flit. They flutter. They float. They turn 360 degrees in a split second.

"That's a pretty good metaphor to describe them," said Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, whose squad soared to the eighth annual Mount Hebron Lacrosse Tournament championship yesterday over teams from Virginia and New Jersey.

It was basically no contest. The seven-time defending state champion Vikings, ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. Lacrosse, didn't look as if it had replaced 12 graduates in routing Robinson of Virginia in the first-round game, 22-2, and New Jersey's Shawnee in the championship game, 10-0. Shawnee was fifth-ranked in the nation by U.S. Lacrosse.

Mount Hebron (3-0) stretched its winning streak to 45 games with a combination of sharp passing, disruptive midfield defense and accurate shooting.

Thought to be rebuilding and vulnerable, and therefore ranked only No. 3 in the Baltimore area, the Vikings hoped yesterday's performances impressed their doubters.

"The idea that people think we're weaker this season has been building up pressure inside us, and that's why we came out so strong today. We hope today we showed we can play with anyone," said sophomore midfielder Maria Bosica, who scored four goals in the first half against Shawnee. Mount Hebron led 5-0 at halftime.

Bosica's midfield teammates Cassie Krause and Ginna Lance intercepted numerous passes, frustrating Shawnee's attack before it got started. That trio was the main reason the New Jersey team didn't get a shot in the first half and had only two shots the whole game.

"We wanted to pressure the ball low so they couldn't get out, and they just weren't used to that kind of pressure," said Bosica. "Today was just one of our big days."

Kristen Slahor sliced apart Shawnee's defense as though it didn't exist. She scored two goals and had six assists against the Renegades, after getting three goals and three assists against Robinson.

"This was as intense as we've ever been, and we kept it all game long," Slahor said. "The defense was incredible. The midfield rode well. Everything came together."

Kuhl-McClelland said: "Bosica and Slahor had an awesome synergy going. They're smart players who talked to each other during timeouts about what they wanted to do. We ran great offensive sets and tried to stop Shawnee's transitions."

Shawnee goalkeeper Jen Weitz kept the Vikings from scoring more by making 17 saves.

"We got frustrated and didn't play like I know we can play," said Weitz. "Our transition at midfield was lacking and we needed more patience on offense."

The defense also was slow in front of Weitz and repeatedly gave the Vikings almost uncontested shots.

"We have some talent but we're inexperienced," said Shawnee coach Susan Murphy, whose team traveled 2 1/2 hours from Medford, N.J. "We played competitively here last season, 12-10, but we graduated almost the entire team."

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