Ten straight titles: Vikings take 3A-2A

Hebron finishes 19-0 season with 97th in row

Mount Hebron 16 Stephen Decatur 0

May 24, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

After last night's state championship victory, Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team rushed the field, collapsing into a big, giggly pile in the middle of the UMBC Stadium field.

The Vikings polished off a 19-0 season with their 97th straight victory, a 16-0 romp over Stephen Decatur, the first Eastern Shore team to reach the girls state championship. This Class 3A-2A crown is the 10th straight title for the Vikings and their 14th in the 17 years of the state tournament.

You'd think this would get old after a while, considering none of these Vikings nor their fifth-year coach, Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, has ever lost a game much less a state final, but the girls say no.

"This year is my senior year and we realize this is never going to happen again," said defender Ashley German. "A lot of teams don't get to experience this type of thing. When we win, we want to celebrate to the max. I'm speechless now, because I'm so excited."

Megan Bosica and Jacqueline Giiles scored four goals each as the Vikings dominated this title game perhaps more than any other. They outshot the Seahawks, 40-3. Mount Hebron goalies Karen Nicolas and Caitlin O'Malley combined for the shutout and neither had to make a save as all of the Seahawks' shots sailed wide.

For Bosica, the 2005 All-Metro Player of the Year, being part of the history of one of the state's most dominating programs is a bit overwhelming.

"I don't even know what to say," Bosica said. "Ten years in a row is just awesome. I'm just so happy that I was here for the 10th year in order to experience it with these teammates of mine."

Only one program in the history of Maryland's state public school tournaments has won more consecutive championships than the Vikings. Central, of Prince George's County, won all 12 girls track and field titles between 1981 and 1992.

The Vikings have not lost in the state tournament since 1996, when they fell to Annapolis in the final, 11-10 in sudden-death overtime. That seems so long ago, especially to the Vikings, whose seniors were just 8 years old then.

The next two years, the title games were close, an 8-6 win over Severna Park in 1997 and a 9-7 win over Towson in 1998. After that, the Vikings won every championship by at least 11 goals until last season when Urbana came within 11-5 but only after the Vikings had run up a 10-0 lead and dipped deep into their bench.

During their decade of dominance, the Vikings have won the state title by an average of 10 goals and have compiled a cumulative record of 183-6-1.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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