Players say the ninth-ranked Mount Hebron lacrosse team has improved steadily in recent weeks. Yesterday at Hammond, the host Bears found out just how much.
Attackman Kyle Campbell scored a season-high eight goals and teammate James Thomas added four more as the Vikings dismantled the previously unbeaten Bears, 16-1, in a Howard County League game.
After a recent 5-4 victory over Mount St. Joseph, the Vikings have outscored their past five county opponents by a combined 81-12.
"Since the St. Joe game, the whole team has stepped everything up," said Campbell. "The difference has been intensity -- it just carries over from practice."
Coach Jeff Doolan said it's just been a matter of letting his underclassmen learn on the run.
"I think we're getting a little bit better each game," Doolan said. "A lot of people talk about our team because we've got some big seniors. But other than those five or six kids, we are very, very young and inexperienced. The longer they play together, the better they're getting."
Mount Hebron (7-1 overall, 5-0 in the league) started only five seniors yesterday. Once play began, however, it didn't seem to matter.
The Vikings controlled the ball on offense, using crisp, concise passing to shred the normally stingy Bears' zone defense.
But as good as they were on offense, they looked even stronger at times on defense. Hammond had difficulty clearing the ball all day, and got off just two shots in the first half while Mount Hebron ran out to a 9-1 lead by the break.
Said Campbell: "Our defense is probably the biggest part of our game right now. Our defense just picks up the offense."
Thomas and Campbell each scored goals in the game's first two minutes to give Hebron an early 2-0 lead.
Tom Brown's goal with 7: 13 left in the first quarter got Hammond (6-1, 4-1) within one, but the Vikings then reeled off 14 straight goals in the final 34: 47.
Pub Date: 4/24/97