Vikings take 3A-2A South

Incontrera, tight defense stop Hawks

Mt. Hebron gets N. Harford in state semis

Mount Hebron 9 River Hill 7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 18, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD | LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER

Tommy Incontrera had four goals and two assists, Chad McCarthy scored twice and assisted on a third goal, and defenders Rick Kronenberger and Brandon Wolven helped quiet a high-scoring team in Mount Hebron's 9-7 Class 3A-2A South regional championship victory last night at River Hill.

Justin Martinelli had a goal and an assist, and combined with Wolven, Kronenberger and Ryan McArthur to scoop 20 ground balls in the eighth straight win by the Vikings (14-4), who earned a berth against North Harford (17-2) in the state semifinals at Howard County's Reservoir High to be played tomorrow or Saturday.

In beating the Hawks (15-2), who were led by Josh Hostetler (four goals) and Peter Ridge (one goal, one assist), the Vikings avenged a 14-10 loss.

But the Hawks were contained last night by a more focused defense that included Devin McArthur, Tim Wilson and Kevin Berendt playing well in front of goalie Billy McNamara (six saves).

"We watched a lot of game film, constantly going over it in practice -- not overextending yourself, maintaining good position," coach Tom Minard said. "We just wanted to frustrate and neutralize them. We did that."

Unlike the first meeting, during which the Vikings lost 10 of 11 second-half faceoffs, they battled the Hawks more evenly last night, losing only 11 of 19 overall. The faceoffs were tied 7-7 entering the fourth quarter.

"We knew we had it in us to come out on top if we played a full game," said Incontrera, whose team also avenged a loss by defeating county champion Glenelg on Monday. "We're playing awesome right now -- more as a team."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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