Mount Hebron attackman Kyle Campbell signed last fall with Loyola for a lacrosse scholarship. Yesterday, he showed why the Greyhounds wanted him so badly, and why his coach calls him one of the top five recruits in the country.
Campbell played a part in all seven Mount Hebron goals, scoring four and assisting on three, as the Vikings held off upset-minded Glenelg, 7-6, in a Class 1A-2A South Region semifinal playoff game. Mount Hebron plays county champion Centennial Wednesday in the championship game.
"When the team wasn't playing well he took the load and carried it today," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "You look for great players to do that."
Mount Hebron (10-5) had defeated Glenelg three weeks ago by a comfortable 11-2 margin. But from the start of yesterday's game at Mount Hebron, the Gladiators looked like a different team.
"We raised our intensity and played hard for all four quarters," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said.
The Gladiators (12-4) beat Mount Hebron on groundballs and faceoffs, established a slow tempo that favored them and played aggressively on defense.
"We knew they'd come out big today," Campbell said.
Mount Hebron led 3-0 after one quarter, however, and 4-2 at halftime on goals by Ryan Douglas, Bryan Warner, Campbell and Steve Mason. Glenelg scored twice on goals by Zack McQuigg.
One of those Mount Hebron goals was into an open net, and the Vikings also missed one shot at an open net.
"We could have finished better," Campbell said.
Campbell scored the first two goals of the second half. On one of them, he battled three Glenelg defenders and the goalkeeper for a loose ball and scored.
"We won the first two faceoffs of the second half and scored off them, but lapsed back into a lack of intensity on faceoffs," Doolan said.
Glenelg then scored four straight goals to tie it at 6-6. Adam McQuigg scored two of those goals, Chris Gregory and Josh Burchett got the other. Burchett's goal tied it at 2: 16 of the third period.
Campbell, assisted by Warner, scored the game-winning goal with 7: 43 left to play.
The remainder of the game was tension-packed, with four crucial turnovers in four minutes by Glenelg -- two forced by outstanding defensive plays.
When Mount Hebron's Franz Henggeler was called for a cross check with 1: 22 left to play, Glenelg had a perfect man-up situation to tie. But Gregory missed a shot with 50 seconds left and the Vikings ran out the clock.
"It was the shot we wanted," Kincaid said. "We double-picked them on the weak side because they were playing step-out defense. We were patient and made good shot selections all day."
C.Milton Wright 8, Wilde Lake 4: Senior Roger Dael collected five goals as the host Mustangs (9-5) knocked off the Wildecats in a 3A-4A North quarterfinal.
Centennial 24, Oakland Mills 5: Seniors Taylor Fields and P.J. Paolisso each scored five goals to lead the visiting Eagles over the Scorpions in a 1A/2A South semifinal.
Pub Date: 5/12/98