Mt. Hebron rolls to 17th title in row

No. 2 Vikings use defense to stymie N. Harford, 15-5

Regional girls lacrosse finals

High Schools

May 20, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

As heralded as the Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team's offense is, the defense is pretty good, too.

And it was the defense that helped the host and No. 2 Vikings subdue No. 14 and visiting North Harford, 15-5, in the Class 3A-2A North regional final yesterday.

Mount Hebron (16-0), which is two wins away from its 12th state title in 13 years, will play North Carroll, a 23-11 winner over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in yesterday's West regional final, tomorrow or Saturday at Urbana High School.

FOR THE RECORD - In yesterday's editions, an article about the Glenelg-Atholton girls lacrosse game misidentified the school attended by Haley Boring. She plays for Atholton High School. The Sun regrets the error.

The Vikings, who extended their winning streak to 58, collected their 17th straight regional championship courtesy of a defensive effort that allowed the Hawks (13-4) to score just one goal during a span of 31 minutes, 8 seconds.

"They were amazing," Mount Hebron senior attacker Kristen Slahor said of her teammates on the defensive end. "The defense clicked so well today. ... They started every play."

The key for the Vikings was its aggressive approach to marking the North Harford players on offense.

Rather than sitting back and waiting for the Hawks to run their offense, Mount Hebron double-teamed the ball carrier frequently and pressured North Harford into dropping the ball or forcing poor passes.

"That's part of our plan," said junior defender Chrissie Galindo. "A lot of teams aren't used to such severe doubling. So we try to pressure the ball as much as we can."

"Our defense usually bodies up, and you could see that this team [the Hawks] freaked out when they got the pressure on them," said Vikings senior goalkeeper Valerie Brown, who made seven saves. "That helped today."

The defensive stand was critical because it appeared during the game's first 18 minutes that the Hawks would pose problems for Mount Hebron.

After sophomore midfielder Megan Bosica scored her third of five goals to give the Vikings a 5-1 lead with 14:07 left in the first half, North Harford got back-to-back goals from freshman attack Cory Donohoe (her second of the game) and junior midfielder Katy Lawrence to shave the deficit to two with 7:16 left.

That's when Mount Hebron tightened its defense and forced turnovers. The turnovers jump-started the Vikings' offense, which scored five unanswered goals in a stretch spanning the first and second halves.

Hawks senior attack Ashley Bone did convert a feed from sophomore attack Courtney Aburn with 18:26 left in the second half to make it a 10-4 score, but Mount Hebron plowed on.

Slahor, who registered two assists, scored four of her game-high seven goals after Bone's score and junior attack Meg Taylor added a goal off a feed from junior attack Alex McClammer to give the Vikings a 15-4 lead.

No. 3 C. Milton Wright 16, Dulaney 11: The host Mustangs (15-1) advanced to the state semifinals for the sixth time in seven years by taking the 4A-3A South championship.

Seniors Christina Frank and Kadie Stamper scored four goals apiece and C. Milton Wright built a 16-5 lead before the Lions scored some late goals against the Mustangs' reserves.

The Mustangs, who have not won a state title during the past seven years, will play the winner of No. 7 South River and No. 4 Broadneck in the semifinals.

Westminster 12, Damascus 9: The host and sixth-seeded Owls built a three-goal lead in the first half and led by at least two the rest of the way to win the 4A-3A North championship over the top-seeded Hornets. Sara Tenney led Westminster with three goals.

Southern-Anne Arundel 13, Queen Anne's 10: The third-seeded and visiting Bulldogs (9-6) got five goals from senior Melissa Line and pulled away from the top-seeded Lions (13-2) in the second half of the 2A-1A East final.

Southern, the state runner-up in 2001 and 2002, returns to the state playoffs after a one year absence having won six of its past seven games. The Bulldogs will play Loch Raven Saturday at 3 p.m.

Glenelg 14, Atholton 7: The visiting Gladiators rallied from a 6-2 first-half deficit and outscored the Raiders 10-1 in the second half to claim the 2A-1A North title. Haley Boring scored five goals for Glenelg, which will play the Pikesville-Sparrows Point winner.

Loch Raven 17, Sparrows Point 6: Junior attacker Megan Kyne scored four times and sophomore attacker Jamie Jones and junior attacker Jen Stone added three goals each for top-seeded Loch Raven (12-1), which dominated the third-seeded Pointers to win the 2A-1A South championship.

Loch Raven reached the state tournament for the first time since 1997.

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