North Harford senior defender Johanna Gibson ended her high school lacrosse career with one of her best performances. In the Class 3A-2A state final against Mount Hebron, Gibson defended the Vikings' top-scoring threat, Jacqueline Giles, and held her scoreless. The No. 9 Hawks' upset bid fell short against the top-ranked Vikings, however, 7-6. Gibson caused two turnovers in the game and finished the season with a team-leading 46 turnovers and 48 ground balls. North Harford coach Tara Buecker called Gibson the "backbone of our defense. She is great with directing and communicating, and has done a great job at marking outstanding players from other teams. She has caused many turnovers that have won us games." Gibson has received a scholarship to play lacrosse at Loyola College.
What went through your mind Tuesday night as the final seconds ticked off the clock in that tough loss to Mount Hebron?
I was heartbroken. It's the worst thing to describe. I'm so disappointed. Not disappointed, but like we know we could have won and been state champs. It was just the little mistakes we made throughout the game that were upsetting at the end. It was little mistakes that both teams made, like just throwing and catching and possessing the ball, that turned into big mistakes at the end.
Was that as well as your team could have played?
I think the first half, we played extremely well. The second half, we didn't get cocky. We were maybe a little overconfident. Saying, "Oh, we're up." ... Just the basics.
What attracted you to Loyola College?
I've wanted to go to Loyola since I first went to their camp in the fourth grade. I fell in love with Loyola, and it's been my top choice ever since then. To have them offer me a scholarship, it's the best thing that could ever happen. It's going to be amazing. I love the campus.
What do you think was so special about this team, which came close to beating a national power in Mount Hebron?
Our team has been playing together since we were in the rec [recreation lacrosse]. We've become so close and been bonding so much, we're like a huge family. To know that they're there for you no matter what means so much. It all just came together this year.