What could Towson's girls lacrosse team have done to stop No. 1 Mount Hebron?
"Maybe put 40 people out there," said Towson coach Sue Beeler before the game.
Even that might not have done it.
The defending champion and top-seeded Vikings (17-0) hammered Towson, 20-5, yesterday in a state Class 1A-2A semifinal at Catonsville Community College.
In the first half, Mount Hebron rolled to a 16-0 lead, Girls lacrosse
outshooting the Generals, 32-8. Vikings keeper Ali True saved every Generals shot of the half.
"I think we were intimidated by their undefeated season and their ranking," said Generals cover point Sarah Weaver. "But they were so good on attack. They make excellent cuts and all of their attack switch hands. They have really good stickwork."
The Vikings shelled Towson keeper Edith Scouten (17 saves) almost from the first draw.
Lori Pasquantonio, who led the Vikings with seven goals and two assists, scored on a pass from Amy Fine 1:20 into the game.
A minute later, the Vikings led 3-0 after Erin McGinness and Pasquantonio added goals. The rout was on.
Towson (11-4) finally came to life early in the second half. Kristen Carey scored off the first draw and the Generals went on to outscore Mount Hebron, 5-4, the rest of the way. They scored five of the first seven goals.
"We didn't want to be shut out," said Weaver. "It's kind of a pride thing."
Carey scored again, Katie Venanzi added two more and Jen Siwinski another as the Generals pulled within 18-5 with 1:34 left.
For Mount Hebron, Cathy Nelson added five goals and Dani Vissers and Julie Kickham had two each. Fine, McGinness, Nicole McGowan and Sedef Nuri had single goals.
The Vikings will defend their title Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Catonsville Community College against the winner of tomorrow's other semifinal between No. 2 Loch Raven and Fallston.