The public school girls lacrosse season opened yesterday. Mt. Hebron traveled to Westminster and defeated the Owls, 9-7. Glenelg defeated Oakland Mills, 23-7, Reservoir defeated Edgewood, 18-8, River Hill edged Howard, 13-11, and Catonsville defeated Centennial, 21-16.
In its first league game, Chapelgate continued to put up high scoring numbers in turning back Oldfields, 21-7. The Yellowjackets are undefeated (4-0).
Mt. Hebron 9, Westminster 7
After holding a 6-2 lead at halftime, Mt. Hebron had to withstand some tense moments in the second half as Westminster chipped away at the score.
Megan Pettine's free position goal pulled her team to within one, 8-7, midway through the second half.
That was as close as Westminster would get.
Haley Sutton gave Mt. Hebron a little breathing room when she scored with 5:52, to make it 9-7. It was her fourth goal of the game.
Mt. Hebron managed to keep the ball in its attacking end of the field for much of the rest of the game as they first tried working a spread to score, but threw an errant pass.
Fortunately, the Vikinigs got the ball back at midfield.
"We ride very hard," said Sam Brookhart. "We just know we can get the ball back when we need it."
The Vikings pulled out and went to stall away the final few minutes, a move Brookhart called "scarry."
"We have practiced the stall a little in practice, but we have not practiced holding the ball that long."
Sutton said that as Westminster was making its run in the second half, the Vikings lost their focus and started making mistakes.
"We talked. We trust each other really well and we refocused. We just had to focus on the fundamentals," she said.
"We took a hit last year," said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwert-Sullivan. "We lost seven of our starters and we have some girls in new roles. They are very capable, we just need to pull our confidence up."
Derwert-Sullivan said that it is expected for a younger team to have to work through some kinks at the beginning of the season.
Megan Macera led Westminster's scoring with four goals.
"We need to get some more game play under our belt," she said. "We had to work really hard (to win) this game).
Goals: MH - Sutton 4, Marciniak 2, Brookhart, Giles, L. Schaaf. W - Macera 4, Pettine 2, McDonald.
Assists: MH - Schwartz 4, Marciniak, Brookhart. W - Pettine, Cohen, Jamison.