Mount Hebron answers S. Carroll, 9-4


For every burst of energy South Carroll came up with last night against visiting Mount Hebron, the Vikings had a response in their 9-4 win in Winfield.

None was bigger then Ben Savage's second goal midway through the third quarter.

The Cavaliers came out strong to start the second half and got within two before Pete Murdza found Savage in transition to get the lead back to three.

The Vikings, whose goals came in small clusters, got an unassisted goal from Scott Baughman 15 seconds later to take a 7-3 lead and regain control.

Baughman finished with four goals to lead the Vikings, all of them rockets.

"He's a player -- enough said," Mount Hebron coach Warren Michael said.

"He's been on varsity for four years now and the best all-around player I've had around. He reads the field so well."

Two games into the season, South Carroll (0-2) has been through the toughest part of its schedule. The Cavaliers opened the season earlier in the week against Centennial, another powerhouse from Howard County.

Last night, Mount Hebron (2-0) didn't allow the Cavaliers to get set in their offense for long.

"We got to work on getting the ball from our defense to our offense," said South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas. "We just didn't have the ball enough."

South Carroll senior Tom Luster opened the scoring a minute into the game when he circled the Mount Hebron cage before beating Hebron goalie Brian Lea to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.

Hebron controlled the tempo for most of the remainder of the first quarter and took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter.

Baughman started it with a blast from 15 yards out with 6:22 left. Savage found a cutting Damon Cuzmanes to give the Vikings a 2-1 with a little more than five minutes left and then scored himself less then a minute later.

After South Carroll got within one on Rob Witte's goal two minutes into the second quarter, Hebron went back to work with two goals in a 30-second span to take a 5-2 lead into the half.

Dan Carver set up behind the net to the right of South Carroll goalie Tom Shaffer and found Greg Lee going hard to the net for the goal. Another cannon from Baughman quickly made it 5-2.

South Carroll controlled the first five minutes of the second half and had a good scoring chance that was turned back when Lea came up with a big save on a shot from Luster.

Dan Hughes finished on a feed from Luster shortly after to cut the Hebron lead to 5-3, but that's as close as the Cavs would get.

"[South Carroll] hung in there and did some smart things. They came ready to play and it was a good lacrosse game. I thought our defense came up big," said Michael.

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