Hebron wins 96th in a row

Vikings, Severna Park, Century gain finals

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 20, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

The Towson girls lacrosse team looked forward to taking its shot at No. 1 Mount Hebron the same way the Vikings' previous 95 opponents have - and with the same result.

The Vikings gave up only one goal in the last 48 minutes to beat No. 8 Towson, 18-3, for their 96th straight victory in a Class 3A-2A state semifinal last night at Reservoir High School.

Next week, the Vikings will go after their 10th straight state crown and their 14th since 1992. They have won all but three times in the previous 16 years of the state tournament.

The Generals (16-2) came out strong, matching each of the Vikings' first two goals in a rapid-fire opening three minutes.

But the Vikings took the lead for good on the first of five goals by Megan Bosica for a 3-2 lead 2:51 into the game.

"We came out and tried as hard as we could. We knew what we were going up against though," Towson midfielder Claire Hubbard said. "We were just happy to get to play on the field with them."

The Generals got 12 saves from goalie Abby Buresh, but she couldn't handle all of the Vikings' firepower as Mount Hebron outshot Towson, 40-11.

The Vikings also won most of the draws, using a 16-7 advantage to set up their balanced offense.

Half of the Vikings' goals were assisted, as Alicia Krause had three goals and three assists. Lauren Sterner, Jacqueline Giles, Sarah Cates and Katie Rekart scored two goals each.

"Our ball movement on offense is very good," said Bosica, who also had an assist and caused four turnovers. "Once we score a goal, if we get the ball on the next draw, we have momentum. Also, when our defense gets an interception or check and brings it up the field, that momentum also helps us keep on pushing for the goal."

The Vikings (17-0) will face the winner of today's other semifinal between Walkersville and Stephen Decatur for the title Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.

No. 10 Severna Park 24, Blake 7 -- The Falcons got five goals from Julie Gardner, and four each from Danielle Ensley and Jill Puffenbarger to defeat Montgomery County's Blake at Annapolis High. The Falcons (16-3) advance to next week's Class 4A-3A state championship, where they will face the winner of today's Westminster-Dulaney game, also at Annapolis."We said [when the postseason began] that we'd play every game like it was the state championship," Ensley said. "We did it against Broadneck, and we did it again today." With the game tied at 1 with 20:09 left in the first half, Severna Park scored the next five goals - including three by senior Danielle Ensley - to take a commanding 6-1 lead with 11:49 left in the half. The Falcons never looked back. Ruby Devine (three), Katie Cloud (three) and Kendall Pittinger (two) had multiple goals for Severna Park. Falcons coach Carin Peterson was pleased with her team's mental toughness. "When you get to this level, your mind-set is half the battle," Peterson said. "Everyone pretty much has the same skill level, but it's the mindset and the hunger that wins [titles]." Blake fell to 13-3.

Mike Frainie

No. 4 Century 16, Easton 11 -- Century gained command of the state semifinal by dominating the Warriors over the game's first 15 minutes. But after building an early nine-goal lead, Century had to hold off a comeback attempt by Easton in a win at South Carroll. The Knights (18-0) advance to the Class 2A-1A state final against the winner of today's game between Pikesville and Sparrows Point.The game looked to be a blowout early. Century dominated from the outset, controlling draws, forcing turnovers, and building a 10-1 lead after the first 14:16. Jenny Steadman, Brittney Zerhusen, Hannah Bordner and Kaitlin Schwarzmann each finished with three goals. Easton (13-3) helped the Knights by dropping balls and making errant passes. "I told them, `I don't want to play from behind. There should be no reason for that,'" Century coach Rose Pentz said. "Draw control is everything. When we started winning the draws, we took control." Attack Natalie Hopkins scored all six of Easton's goals in the first half.

Rich Scherr

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