This was not a shabby Liberty girls lacrosse team tha top-ranked and unbeaten Mount Hebron tore through last night.
The eighth-ranked Lions entered the game with a 13-0 record, four straight Carroll county championships and a 16-goal average a game.
But Liberty was no match for powerful Mount Hebron, a team that has everything and can intimidate opponents by just showing up.
The Vikings (15-0) never got out of cruise control on the way to a 17-7 victory over the Lions in the Class 2A-1A, Region I girls lacrosse championship game at Liberty.
The score could have been more lopsided but Mount Hebron coach P. J. Kesmodel pulled out his starters in the final minutes after Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn started going to her bench when the visitors had built a 17-3 advantage.
Moments after the rout had ended, Vaughn predicted that Mount Hebron would win a second straight state championship.
"They're good. They'll go all the way," said Vaughn. "They were on every ball and had too much experience. They do a good job of double-teaming and are well-coached."
Junior attacker Cathy Nelson scored eight goals and added two assists to lead the Vikings' assault on the young Lions. It was the second time this season that Nelson scored eight goals in a game to tie the school record.
Nelson scored time after time on the same play in front of the Liberty goal but the Liberty defense didn't have the quickness or experience to stop her.
"We knew Nelson was coming but we weren't smart enough on defense to slide to stop her, so we went to a man-to-man," said Vaughn. "We just didn't have enough experience to play a zone. But we have a young team and a good future."
Five Liberty starters are sophomores and one is a freshman.
Nelson had a lot of help last night from Lori Pasquantonio, who scored four goals and had two assists. It seems that Nelson and Pasquantonio take turns having big scoring nights.
Pasquantonio and Nelson share the Mount Hebron single-game scoring record with eight goals.
But last night Kesmodel said he had no thoughts about letting Nelson in to break the record.
"I don't do things like that," he said. "I knew if we played well in this game we would win by 10 goals or more. We just had too much talent for them."