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Mt. Hebron boys lacrosse holds off rival Marriotts Ridge, 8-6

Mt. Hebron boys lacrosse beats rival Marriotts Ridge to remain unbeaten

After two defeats – including one in the playoffs – to Marriotts Ridge last spring, Mt. Hebron was eager to get the bad taste out of its mouth.

That's just what the Vikings did on Thursday as they traveled west on Route 99 and took down their rival, 8-6, in a game in which they never trailed.

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It wasn't an easy victory, though, as the Vikings held off a furious second-half rally by the Mustangs.

"It was definitely a rollercoaster," Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy said.

Up to this point this season, it's been the dominating play of the Vikings defense – specifically junior goalie Casey DuBois – that has stood out.

That held true in the first half as they held Marriotts Ridge scoreless through the first 24 minutes of play. Offensively, it was more of the same as senior attackman Shane Brookhart scored in the first and second quarters to make it 4-0 at halftime.

McCarthy said his team was fortunate to be up.

"I thought Marriotts Ridge outplayed us in the first half, but we got some breaks and some penalties and we finished our shots," McCarthy said. "(Goalie) Casey (DuBois) was the difference in the first half along with the defense."

After the two teams traded goals to open the second half, things took a turn in the Mustangs' favor as they took advantage of a slew of errors by Mt. Hebron.

Senior Mak Kennedy scored with 8:05 left, sophomore Lewy Anania got on the board with 1:34 left in the third period to cut the deficit to 6-3, then junior Troy Hensh tallied his only goal with less than a second remaining on the clock to make it a two-goal game and swing the momentum of the game.

"I talked at halftime about taking care of the ball, possess the ball, clearing, and don't foul," McCarthy said. "In the third quarter, what do we do? We turn the ball over, we foul, and we don't possess."

"I just told (my team) it was eventually going to fall," Marriotts Ridge coach Tony Incontrera said. "Don't let their goalie get inside your heads. He is a good keeper, but it's a big goal that they're shooting at. ... A few that were just an inch off in the first half went in in the second half."

Mt. Hebron slowed the Mustangs' momentum with a goal by junior midfielder Kyle Sutton to start the fourth quarter, but Marriotts Ridge again had an answer.

Senior Kenyon Hendershot tallied two straight goals in less than a minute to make it a one-goal deficit at 7-6, but junior midfielder Kyle Watts answered with a goal of his own to put Mt. Hebron back on top by two.

From then on, the Vikings fixed the mistakes they made in the third quarter and went back to playing dominating defense.

"It was a great second half, but it was just too little too late," Incontrera said.

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Mt. Hebron improved to 6-0 with the victory, but McCarthy thought his team didn't play as well as Marriotts Ridge – admittedly its first big test of the season.

"We'll take the win, but it wasn't a great performance. I thought Marriotts Ridge played really hard and really well and I think they outplayed us," McCarthy said. "We just made more plays when it came down to it."

For the Mustangs, who have now played three of the toughest teams in the county in Howard, Glenelg and Mt. Hebron, they hope they will get another shot to end the Vikings season when it matters most.

"It's a tough one to let get away because I thought we played pretty well on ground balls, I thought we played pretty well with our defensemen, and we just didn't finish the chances we had," Incontrera said. "Hopefully it will work out that we will see them again in the section (playoffs), and I hope that our guys, the next time we see them, we take advantage of the opportunities we had and put them in the back of the net,"

Mt. Hebron (6-0, 3-0 county) 8, Marriotts Ridge (4-3, 1-3 county) 6

Goals: MH – Shane Brookhart 3, Kyle Watts 2, Kyle Sutton 2, Shane Mackrell 1; MR – Kenyon Hendershot 2, Patrick Clipp 1, Troy Hensh 1, Mak Kennedy 1, Lewy Anania 1

Assists: MH – Tyler Holzman 1, Jake Edmonson 1; MR – Anania 1, Hensh 1

Saves: MH – Casey DuBois 19; MR – Guy Scarpaci 4

Half: 4-0 MH

Other score:

Glenelg (5-2, 4-0 county) 7, Reservoir (4-2, 2-2 county) 3

Goals: G – Brett Wasson 2, Breyer Burford 2, Kevin Coppinger 1, Ethan Forrest 1, Tyler Nalls 1; Re – Matt Marsh 3

Assist: G – Wasson 1, Burford 1, Coppinger 1, Jeremy Rigali 1, Carson Marshall 1

Saves: Danny Hopkins 6; Re – Jake Smith 12

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