Another star rises for Mount Hebron

Girls lacrosse: Fulfilling a childhood dream, Vikings midfielder Megan Bosica is playing like few before her. And she's only a junior.

High Schools

April 15, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Megan Bosica grew up in the perfect environment for a lacrosse player.

Living close to Mount Hebron High School, just about every child learned the game early on.

"Growing up in this neighborhood, it was kind of like a no-brainer. It was like a tradition. The kids just gravitated toward lacrosse," said Buzz Bosica, who set up a lacrosse goal in the back yard for Megan and her older siblings, Michael and Maria.

When his daughters were little, Buzz Bosica took them to watch a who's who of Mount Hebron stars from Cathy Nelson to Lauren Kickham to Kristen Waagbo.

Megan wasn't just watching. She was learning.

By the time Maria joined the Vikings, sixth-grader Megan had already decided to follow her.

"I was like obsessed," said Megan, with a laugh. "When Maria was a freshman, they had Lauren Kickham and Polly Purcell, and I just thought they were so cool. I would come up to the games with my lacrosse stick, and I would try to do moves like them on the sidelines."

Now she makes those moves and more for the No. 1 Vikings (5-0), who face Roland Park in tomorrow's Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins.

The only sophomore on last year's All-Metro team might be the best player in Vikings history, said Scott Robinson, an assistant coach for 14 years.

"We've been blessed with a lot of great players," Robinson said. "What sets Meggie apart from the great players we've had is that on top of being so explosive - hard shot, great feeder, incredibly quick - is that she's a tremendous defender. As a one-on-one defender, she's the best on the team. I would say she's the most complete player we've had."

Vikings teammate Chrissy Galindo said even the seniors respected Bosica's skill and leadership last season.

"Her maturity was amazing," said Galindo, a senior. "She knows exactly what she's doing. She knows how to control the ball. Every time Meggie has the ball, we trust her to take care of it."

Bosica, 16, has lacrosse not only in her heart, but also in her blood. Her uncle, George McGeeney, is in the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame. Cousins Kristin Lucido and Bridget and Megan Drake are former Vikings.

In the third grade, she started playing organized lacrosse, working her way through COBRA and Heroes teams to make the Vikings varsity as a freshman.

As a sophomore, she not only led the unbeaten state champions with 70 goals, but also made a name for herself on the national scene.

Memorial Day weekend, she won the Heather Leigh Albert Trophy as the top high school player in the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.

"It's usually a junior who wins that award, but Megan had a very good tournament, so I wasn't surprised," said Kathy Jenkins, who coached Bosica's national titlist Mid-Atlantic 1 team along with Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland.

Jenkins may not have been surprised, but Bosica was.

"I started crying. I was in so much shock. When I got the award and I went back to the girls, they were asking, `Why are you upset?'"

Kuhl-McClelland said Bosica still doesn't realize the extent of her talent.

"She has everything every coach desires in a player and what ties it all together is that she has so much humility."

Jenkins has seen Bosica from the opposing side, too, as head coach at perennial power St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, an Alexandria, Va., team that regularly plays Mount Hebron.

"You have to zero in on her," Jenkins said. "She is really good at making decisions - when to go to goal, when to pass. She has a very quick first step, and she's deceptive."

In addition to her slippery moves, the junior midfielder draws a lot of attention for her shot. Kuhl-McClelland remembers one goal the Vikings still talk about.

"It looked like a frisbee. That thing soared off her stick from down low up into the top corner. It was like a heat-seeking missile. The kids were stunned."

With 16 goals and 10 assists in the first four games - won by an average margin of 22 goals - Bosica has lifted her career stats to 113 goals and 44 assists.

Kuhl-McClelland has only one concern about Bosica - how she'll handle the pressure as the Vikings go after their ninth straight state title.

"Everybody has such high expectations for her after what she's achieved. She could carry this team on her shoulders if we asked her to, but that's a lot of pressure for someone her age."

Bosica has set lofty goals for herself, and she wants to play top-level college lacrosse like Maria, who is at James Madison.

Still, she admits to feeling pressure, especially to keep the Vikings' dynasty humming as they ride a 64-game winning streak into tonight's game with Atholton.

"I try not to make that big a deal about it," Bosica said.

"I always say it's fun, it's high school, but then you always think, in our past, we've had so many state titles, county championships, regional championships. Who wants to be the class that lets that down? I'm just hoping it doesn't happen when I'm here."

At a glance

What: Ninth Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown

Where: Homewood Field, Johns Hopkins University

When: Tomorrow

Girls matchups: No. 1 Mount Hebron vs. Roland Park, 10 a.m.; No. 2 St. Paul's vs. No. 7 Dulaney, noon

Boys matchups: No. 2 St. Paul's vs. No. 14 Dulaney, 2 p.m.; No. 1 McDonogh vs. No. 7 Severna Park, 4 p.m.

Admission: All day, $6. Proceeds benefit the Aikens Children Trust Fund.

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