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Mt. Hebron boys lacrosse avenges Atholton, 12-9, in 3A East regional playoffs

Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy jokingly said that he blacked out the memory of his team's first meeting with Atholton. It was April 4, and the Vikings blew a halftime lead in a 12-9 defeat.

"We weren't in a good place mentally," he said. "We turned the ball over a ton, and part of that was them and part of it was us."

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The downward spiral for Mt. Hebron continued, as it lost four of its next five games after the Atholton loss and struggled to win faceoffs and maintain and offensive possessions. After "getting punched in the mouth" early in the season, McCarthy and his team had to look at themselves in the mirror and figure out what kind of team they were going to be.

"We've made some adjustments and we learned to practice harder and go after groundballs harder," McCarthy said. "The last few years we haven't had to pick up groundballs because we've had the ball in our sticks, so we had to learn what it was to play hard the entire game and they're getting there. We're heading in the right direction at the right time of the year."

The Vikings made the most of their chance at revenge on Friday night in a 3A East region, Section I semifinal, as they went on a 5-0 run early in the game and this time answered the Raiders' second-half run for a 12-9 victory.

Sophomore Mateo Brown and Danny Herlihy had three goals apiece, while Nick Nordhausen and JV call-up Cameron Stockenberg both had a pair for Mt. Hebron (6-9). The third-seeded Vikings will face No. 1 seed Centennial on the road on Monday.

Jay Clute, Keenan Long and Jake Peretti all had two goals for Atholton (5-8).

"I think we've learned from our mistakes and the kids have gotten better individually and we've made some moves to change some positions," McCarthy said. "I think we're headed in the right direction. I don't think we've played our best game yet."

After Atholton scored the first goal of the contest and Nordhausen tied the game a little more than a minute later, Brown and Herlihy traded goals late in the first quarter and early in the second to give Mt. Hebron a 5-1 advantage. The Raiders scored the next two goals only to see the Vikings respond with two 44 seconds apart.

With an 8-4 lead at the break, McCarthy felt there were similarities between this meeting and their last during the regular season, but he also felt more confidence in his team and their ability to respond to adversity.

"Their confidence is up and I think early in the year we felt like we were going to be one thing, and we kind of got punched in the mouth early in the year and we realized we weren't — we thought we were better than we were," he said. "They went down, and now they're back up. We answered a few runs against Marriotts Ridge and they know they can play. Our kids are regaining their confidence."

Their resolve was put to the test, as Atholton outscored them 3-1 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to two. But unlike the previous meeting, Mt. Hebron found an answer in the form of goals from Brown and sophomore Garrett Snyder, who had three assists, to extend the advantage back to four and held on the rest of the way.

One of the biggest keys in the victory was the play of faceoff specialist junior Drew Pitts. He held his own against Krasnick, winning 12 out of 22 draws.

"Drew Pitts has really stepped up," McCarthy said. "Faceoffs killed us [in the first game]. I think they won every one after the first quarter and they dominated possession."

As for Atholton and first-year coach Alex McCoy, who was an assistant on McCarthy's staff the last few years, their season came to an end.

"I think the team we saw over Spring Break was a much different team than they put on the field tonight," McCoy said. "... They had answers to our answers.

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"I'm incredibly proud of the effort of the men over the spring and how they bought into a new system and a new face in front of them and how hard they've worked for us for the last two and a half months."

Mt. Hebron (6-9) — 12, Atholton (5-8) — 9

Goals: MH — Mateo Brown 3, Danny Herlihy 3, Nick Nordhausen 2, Cameron Stockenberg 2, Joey Schwartz, Garrett Snyder; A — Jay Clute 2, Keenan Long 2, Jake Peretti 2, Nolan Krasnick, Paul Ciccone, Tristan Rhodovi

Assists: MH — Snyder 3, Brown 2, Nordhausen; A — Krasnick 2, Peretti

Saves: MH — Cody Stockenberg 6; A — Ben Dotson 10

Halftime: 8-4, Mt. Hebron

OTHER SCORES:

3A East region, Section I semifinal:

Goals: C — Peter Krawczyk 5, Jeremy Wilson 2, Thomas Thurmond 2, Charlie Hockersmith 2, Andrew Kauffman 2, Kieran Senisi, Stafford Smith; Re — Talon Campbell 3

Assists: C — Wilson 5, Ty Sams 2, Thurmond, Hockersmith, Connor Carpenter, Francis Kim; Re — None

Saves: C — Jack Schlossberg 9, Alex Kauffman 1; Re — Phil Sommerkamp 11

Halftime: 5-0, Centennial

4A North region, Section I semifinal:

Howard (14-1) — 10, Catonsville — 2

Goals: Ho — Mark Bruner 2, Patrick Sutch 2, Jeff Bruner 2, Ben O'Connor, Connor Denicola, Felix Knorr, Henry Frazier IV

Assists: Ho — M. Bruner 2, O'Connor, Denicola, Jordan Larsen

Saves: Ho — David Mauser 8

Halftime: 6-1, Howard

2A South region, Section I semifinals:

Glenelg (14-1) — 17, River Hill (8-8) — 7

Goals: G — Tyler Reiff 5, Ryan Hopkins 4, Michael Doughty 3, Tyler Nalls 2, Eric Gruber, Griffin Doyle, Johnny Chaisson

Assists: G — Doughty 2, Hopkins, Nalls

Saves: G — Robbie Noyes 5

Marriotts Ridge (13-2) — 13, Oakland Mills (10-6) — 1

Goals: MR — Brett Gladstone 4, Charlie Reynolds 3, Peter Geier 2, Matt Hendershot 2, Ellis Gloyd, Jake Levey; OM — Nick Miller

Assists: MR — Geier 2, Logan Frank 2, Luke Ingersoll 2, Hendershot, Troy Hettinger, Mohi Syed; OM — None

Saves: MR — Colin Kelley 2, Mitch Evans 3, Matt Cimerola 1; OM — Billy Quesenberry 12

Halftime: 9-0, Marriotts Ridge

GIRLS LACROSSE SCORES:

2A South region, Section I semifinals:

Glenelg — 23, River Hill — 3

Goals: G — Callahan 4, Scheinberg 4, O'Brien 4, Cipolla 2, Crawford 2, Esmond 2, M. Jubb, Lepage, Nalls, Morali, Montgomery; RH — Thieleman 2, Hamburger

Assists: G — Esmond 3, M. Jubb 2, Callahan 2; RH — Hamburger 2

Saves: G — McSally 2, Haynie 2; RH — #23 4

Halftime: 15-0, Glenelg

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3A East region, Section I semifinals:

Centennial — 18, Long Reach — 3

Goals: C — Olivia Eeakland 3, Nicole Ouellette 3, Claudia Pilcher 2, Katie Pistner 2, Megan Moore, Carolina Pelligrini, Camden Blevins, Sarah Toth, Kelly Peterson, Marissa Lagera, Julia Grable, Ashley Florenzo; LR — Lindsey Smith 2, Angelina Casserly

Assists: C — Pilcher; LR — None

Saves: C — Sarah Thorman 7; LR — Cassidy Trojan 2, Grace Valdez 6

Halftime: 14-3, Centennial

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