Top-ranked Mount Hebron had not faced a team as good as No. 8 St. Mary's all season, and it showed.
The Saints burned Mount Hebron with their transition game early building a three-goal lead. But the host Vikings rallied with 11 straight goals to take a 12-8 girls lacrosse victory yesterday.
The Vikings (7-0) controlled the ball most of the first half but missed their first 10 shots.
"Our shooting has been horrible at the beginning," said Vikings coach P.J. Kesmodel.
"I thought we played stupid. We weren't patient. Two-thirds of the way through the first half, [St. Mary's] only had the ball down there four times and they scored three goals. We had the ball the whole time, but we couldn't convert."
Saints keeper Jen Corradini (17 saves) deserved some of the credit for making some terrific saves early on and getting her team moving on transition.
Jen Manning, Katie Robinson and Megan O'Doherty, who assisted on the first two goals, converted on transition and gave the Saints a 3-0 lead 12 minutes into the game.
But once Hebron got rolling, it needed only five minutes to turn the game around.
Dani Vissers scored three of her six goals to tie with 8:33 left in the half. She rolled the crease for her first two goals and on a free position slipped a ground-skimmer past Corradini to tie.
With their set offense tuned up, the Vikings started piling up the goals.
"The crease rolled a lot and you could see it in their eyes that when they wanted to go, they were going to go," said St. Mary's freshman defender Megan Lewis.
"They just went really hard and that's really hard to stop. When you're on defense, you can just keep your feet moving and hope that you stop it."
Once Vissers scored her first goal, the Saints (10-4) couldn't stop much for the next 20 minutes.
Less than nine minutes into the second half, the Vikings had built an 11-3 lead.
The Saints rallied with four goals in six minutes to pull within 11-7 with 8:51 to go, but Vissers again snapped the momentum working on the crease.
nTC St. Mary's took six more shots but managed just one more goal, Robinson's fourth of the game.
For the Saints, this marked the fourth game against a ranked team in four days.
They lost to No. 7 Fallston in overtime Wednesday after falling to No. 9 Annapolis and beating No. 13 Broadneck in Severn's Betty Hallmark Tournament Monday.
On the other hand, the Vikings were just beginning a tough stretch that includes the Roland Park North/South Tournament Saturday and No. 11 Centennial Tuesday.
Kesmodel said the Vikings know they must play better to win No. 4 Roland Park's tournament.
"Hopefully, we got it all out of our system," said Kesmodel, "and hopefully, we'll play a lot smarter on Saturday because we'll get beat Saturday if we don't."
* Liberty 15, Westminster 6: The fifth-ranked and unbeaten Liberty Lions (10-0) were a little flat for the second straight game after last weekend's impressive show against National Cathedral and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.) in the Liberty Invitational.
Amie Rose scored five goals to run her season total to 46. Rose also had one assist.
Nicole Bengermino followed up a three-goal effort Tuesday night against South Carroll with four goals and two assists last night.
Debbi Bourke returned to the lineup after missing three games and had two goals and two assists.
Westminster (1-6) was led by Holly Seaman's three goals.