Mount Hebron's Krause feeling even more pain

Injury will keep her out of game with Roland Park


High Schools

April 23, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

When the No. 2 Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team meets No. 12 Roland Park at the High School Showdown at Johns Hopkins University at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the Vikings will be without one of their leaders.

Junior midfielder Cassie Krause will miss her fifth straight game due to a stress fracture in her right ankle.

Krause, who scored nine goals in the team's first three games and led the squad last season in ground balls and interceptions, said she will be wearing a protective boot and using crutches until at least May 4, when she will return to her doctor for another examination of the ankle.

"It's pretty much the worst feeling," Krause said of sitting out a significant portion of Mount Hebron's regular season. "But I get to see the field from a different perspective and I get to help the other players. They've kept my spirits up."

Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said junior Meg Taylor has filled Krause's spot nicely and that she is comfortable using freshman Jill Rekart as the first reserve off the bench.

While Kuhl-McClelland is quick to add that tomorrow's meeting with one of the powerhouses of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference is not the ultimate game on Mount Hebron's schedule this spring, she is excited about playing one of the area's better teams on a grand stage.

"It's a great game, and it's a great showcase for lacrosse," she said.

The Vikings are 7-0 overall and have won 49 consecutive games. The team beat Shawnee of New Jersey and Robinson of Virginia - both state champions - at its annual spring tournament by a combined score of 32-2.

With no teams from The Sun's Top 15 on Mount Hebron's county schedule or in the Class 3A-2A state playoff regions, the game against the Reds (3-3-1) looms large as a chance for the Vikings to send a message to the rest of the lacrosse community.

"Everyone talks about how we don't have any good competition," said senior attack Kristen Slahor. "This is the best way to show them that we can play."

River Hill is percentage points ahead of Mount Hebron with a 6-0 record in the county (7-1 overall). Mount Hebron is 5-0 in the county (7-0), then Glenelg at 5-0 (6-2), Centennial at 3-2 (4-3), Wilde Lake at 2-2 (3-2), Reservoir at 1-2 (1-2), Howard at 1-3 (3-5), Atholton at 1-3 (3-5), Long Reach at 1-4 (1-6), Hammond at 0-4 (1-4) and Oakland Mills at 0-5 (0-6).

Glenelg Country is 4-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's C Conference and 6-1 overall, while Chapelgate is 2-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall.

Pallotti is 2-4 in the IAAM's B Conference and 2-7 overall.

Another big game

The Glenelg softball team's senior catcher, Karyn Curley, calls Mount Hebron one of the Gladiators' toughest opponents. Vikings senior left fielder Lauren Chell says the feeling is mutual.

In a matchup that could determine the county champion, Glenelg will play Mount Hebron at 3:45 today.

The Gladiators (9-3 overall and 9-0 in the county) won the first meeting, 6-5, in the season-opener for both teams on March 22. But Glenelg needed a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull away from the Vikings (8-1, 7-1).

Curley, who said she expects to see a much different Mount Hebron squad this time, said the Gladiators have changed, too.

"When we played them the first time, we were timid," said Curley, whose team has won 23 straight games against county rivals. "From that point until now, we've grown closer as a team, and we're more sure of ourselves in terms of winning games and how to go about doing that."

Also at 8-1 (in the county and overall), Atholton is mere percentage points ahead of Mount Hebron.

Landmark wins

Reservoir's girls lacrosse and softball programs picked up their school's first varsity wins last week.

The Gators defeated Oakland Mills in lacrosse, 10-9, last Friday. Sophomore Laura Eichert scored a team-high four goals, while sophomore goalie Nicole Shipley had 18 saves.

"The team was so excited to win its first game," said Reservoir coach Kelly Berkle. "The team definitely has more confidence after the win."

The softball team earned two straight victories, walloping Oakland Mills, 18-9, on April 15 and Wilde Lake, 13-3, last Friday.

Standout efforts

Mount Hebron junior Lauren McClenney won two girls events in Saturday's Glenelg Invitational track and field meet . She was first in the 400 in 59.9 seconds and teamed with senior Erin McAninch, junior Sarah Todd and freshman Shannon Conroy to claim the 1,600 relay in 4 minutes, 15.4 seconds.

Glenelg's 3,200-relay squad of senior Mary Rollyson, juniors Jessica Hibbert and Katie Pencek and sophomore Rachel Baker won in 10:03.4. Junior Mallory Heinke proved victorious in the 3,200 in 12:21.8.

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