VIKINGS' DEHAAN, KESMODEL WIN GIRLS LACROSSE HONORS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Not that the offense on Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team needed someone to carry it, but senior Suzanne DeHaan took over the chore anyway.

On a team blessed with firepower -- four Vikings scored more than 25 goals -- DeHaan stood out game after game.

Her 60 goals led the county. Her 10 assists were second on the team. She had arguably the best stick skills of any player in the league. Her presence probably was the difference in Hebron being a great team instead of a very good one.

"She's a very intelligent kid, the leader on the field, the one kid everyone else would listen to out there," said coach P. J. Kesmodel of DeHaan, the Howard County Sun's Player of the Year.

"She was also probably our best cutter," he added. "She catches the ball better than anybody I've ever seen in the county. But her leadership was as important to us as her scoring."

The season was especially sweet for DeHaan, who suffered neck and back injuries in an automobile accident before her junior season. She still managed to be Hebron's fourth-leading scorer last year.

This year, a healthy DeHaan was pretty much unstoppable.

Though not blessed with greater than average speed, she used

deceptive cutting skills around the crease and ambidextrous shooting ability to give opponents headaches. She beat opponents one-on-one and split defenders.

The most impressive part of DeHaan's offensive game was how much she produced against strong competition. She usually wasn't around to pile on easy scores against weak defenses.

Against Glenelg in a 14-9 Hebron (7-0, 11-3) victory -- the closest game of the county schedule for the Vikings -- DeHaan tied Erin Quinn's school record of eight goals. And against top 10 non-league opponents Severn and St. Mary's, DeHaan scored five and seven goals, respectively.

She scored 35 goals and had seven assists against the county.

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