Mount Hebron has won seven of the last nine county titles, and yesterday the Vikings took a giant step toward another one by defeating Glenelg, 8-2.
The previously unbeaten Gladiators (6-1 overall, 1-1 league) were expected to be No. 10-ranked Mount Hebron's toughest county opponent this season. But they couldn't stop Vikings attackman James Thomas, who scored five goals.
Thomas, who now has 22 goals, scored twice in the first period, after which the Vikings led, 3-2. Then, Thomas scored two more goals in the decisive four-goal second period to spark Mount Hebron to a 7-2 halftime lead.
"All I did was finish," Thomas said. "It was all the team. I had a short stick on me in the first period, so I took him around the net, slid away, and when the goalie stepped out to make his slide, I hit the open net."
Kyle Campbell, Tim Kim and Mike Huppmann also scored for Mount Hebron (5-1, 2-0).
The Vikings' defense continued to dominate, shutting out Glenelg for the last three quarters.
"Our defense is so good that it keeps us attackmen working hard," Thomas said. "Mike Stromberg and Mike Machiran did a great job on Conner Pett."
Pett, who entered the game as the county's leader in goals with 25, was held scoreless. From a midfield position while guarded by Stromberg, Pett took four shots early in the game and missed. Later, he switched to attack, where Machiran guarded him.
"Machiran plays great position-defense," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "No one gets around him. He's unbelievable."
Doolan continued: "We played a good 40-minute game. If we play hard and intelligent and together like today, then we're tough to beat. James Thomas knows his role and did a great job. Mike Huppmann settled the ball on offense and was all over the field."
Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid was pleased with his team's overall effort. The Gladiator defense, led by goalkeeper Eric Myers, gave up just one goal in the second half.
"We played very well, except for one quarter [the second] when we didn't scoop up ground balls and didn't pass to the right person," Kincaid said. "It basically boils down to throwing and catching, and they out-caught us in the second quarter. But we did everything in our power to get back. We had chances and couldn't finish them off. Mount Hebron played very well."
Spalding upsets St. Joe
Senior right-hander Mike McCarthy spun a four-hitter with five strikeouts as unranked Archbishop Spalding upset top-ranked Mount St. Joseph, 4-2, in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play in Severn yesterday.
Sam Creveling homered and had two RBIs for the Cavs (5-4).
Pub Date: 4/11/97