Mt. Hebron, St. Paul's girls roll on

Vikings, Gators remain undefeated with victories over Roland Park, Dulaney

Maryland Lacrosse Showdown

April 17, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For most of yesterday's girls competition at the ninth Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown, defense got the better of play.

But there were two players the defense could not contain - a pair of All-Metro Megans who led their unbeaten teams to victory.

Megan Bosica scored six goals to spark No. 1 Mount Hebron (6-0) over Roland Park, 14-9, and Megan Del Monte had three goals and two assists as No. 2 St. Paul's (9-0) edged No. 7 Dulaney, 7-6, at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

In the showdown opener, Bosica scored the Vikings' first three goals as well as the game winner, which caromed off Reds goalie Rachel Klein's stick for a 10-6 Vikings lead with 16:42 left.

For the junior midfielder and her Vikings teammates, the game was their first test of the season after outscoring the opposition, 123-9, in the first five games.

She said that made the victory especially rewarding.

"This is great," said Bosica. "We've been so excited to play a private school team, because the competition is awesome. Being able to come and play a game like this at Johns Hopkins is like a dream for us."

The Vikings, who excel with their own aggressive doubling defense all over the field, know how to counter the opposition's slides in the attacking area.

"They have such good ball movement," said Reds All-Metro defender Shannon Burke. "On and off ball, they always know where the weak defenders are. They do a good job of finding those open holes and they make you pay for leaving them there."

The Vikings took control right after the half while holding the Reds scoreless for nearly 16 minutes. Jacqueline Giles started and finished a five-goal Mount Hebron run that boosted the lead to 13-6 with 9:02 to go.

The struggling Reds dropped to 2-6 and are still looking for their first win under new coach Leslie Hunt. Hunt took over Monday from Sarah Layng, who guided the Reds to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final last year.

Layng, who still teaches at Roland Park, and Reds athletic director Lois Miller said the change was made by "mutual agreement" between Layng and the administration.

Yesterday, St. Paul's, the team that beat Roland Park for the A Conference championship last season, got past a talented Lions team (5-2) by taking advantage of a few rare mistakes by their defense.

"They were very tough defensively," said Del Monte. "They doubled early and often and it took us a little while to get used to that."

However, the Lions, with a 5-4 lead and 13:26 left, lost track of Morgan Marino as she sneaked in behind the defense where Del Monte found her for the goal.

After Bethany Henneman and Del Monte traded goals to 6-6, Gators goalie Lidia Sanza made her 11th save to leave room for the game winner.

Off the clear, Lizzie Schwarcz spotted Sarah Seats breaking down the left side. Seats took the dead-on long pass, dodged one defender and nailed the game-winner with 3:13 to go.

The Lions had one more chance to catch up but they rushed their offense and turned the ball over in the arc. The Gators held on to the ball for the final 55 seconds.

The Lions (5-2), coming off their first loss Friday night at Hereford, got eight saves from goalie Kristen Gilwee.

"I was really proud of their effort," said Dulaney coach Tina McGinn. "They came back from [Friday] and played the best defense we've ever had. We can learn from every single game."

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