River Hill surges to win

River Hill 14 Mount Hebron 10

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With his team down by six goals, River Hill's Peter Ridge told coach Keith Gonsouland, "I got this."

The senior then teamed with John Kim to win 10 of 11 second-half faceoffs to spark the unranked Hawks to an 11-goal run and a 14-10 upset of visiting No. 14 Mount Hebron in a Howard County League game.

Dan Hostetler (two goals, three assists), Josh Hostetler (four goals) and Justin White (two, two) were the top scorers for River Hill (11-0 overall, 8-0 league), which received two goals each from Ridge, Matthew Moss and Eric Van Stone.

"Everyone was hustling, doing everything humanly possible to get the ball in the net," said Moss, who scored the Vikings' eighth and ninth goals while falling to the ground - the latter just before the buzzer ended the third quarter. White made it 10-all, and Josh Hostetler put the Hawks ahead, 11-10, with 11:14 to play.

"Once we started banging 'em, their defense put its heads down," said Ridge, whose team had trailed 10-3. "Our bench and our crowd got into it, we had momentum and we knew we had them."

Mark Saxton (four goals) and Chad McCarthy (three goals, one assist) led Mount Hebron (8-4, 5-1), which had perhaps its best first half of the season with assists on seven goals. But the Vikings, ahead 10-4 at halftime, were shut out for the entire second half by keeper J.B. Mayotte (18 saves), who sealed off the goal behind junior defenders Eddie Roth, Chauncey Whiting and Mike Golibart.

"We went with our God-given strength, which is to get out there and run," Gonsouland told his fleet-footed team after the game. "Hey, isn't that a fun way to play lacrosse?"

The Hawks meet rival Glenelg (7-1, 7-0) on Friday.


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