Mount Hebron senior goalie Kristen Foster is playing her best lacrosse of the season.
"She's playing with intensity that she didn't have in the beginning of the year," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson. "She really picked it up at the right time."
Foster was sharp again yesterday with six saves as the Vikings rolled to an 18-3 victory over North Harford in a Class 1A-2A state semifinal game at Howard High.
No. 6 Mount Hebron (15-3) will play No. 5 Towson (16-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at UMBC for the championship. The Vikings have won five state titles in the last six years, including's last year's 3A-4A championship. Towson will be making its third straight appearance in the Class 1A-2A state final. The Generals lost the championship two seasons ago before winning last year.
Foster, whose 12 saves set a championship game record last year, said everything is working right for her now.
"I'm playing a lot better than I did in the beginning, and the defense is forcing harder shots, which makes it easier," said Foster.
Foster said the Vikings, who lost to Bryn Mawr (13-9), Roland Park (15-11) and St. Mary's 13-7) this season, weren't as intense and didn't work as hard as they needed to in the beginning. That has changed, Foster said.
"Everybody is really pumped up," said Foster. "Everybody is really working hard to reach our goal of a state championship. There's no question that we'll be ready to play Tuesday."
Said Robinson: "Towson is very good. They're a team that could beat us, but we're certainly a team that can beat them, too. It's going to be a great game."
The game yesterday was a mismatch, but Mount Hebron led only 2-1 nine minutes into the game.
"We came out slow. I think we were overlooking them," said Bridget Frande, who had three goals. "But we picked it up. We knew once we settled down we would be able to score."
Robinson said substitutes like Frande, Liz Eberhart and Ju Kim came in and made a big difference. "They really picked us up off the bench," Robinson said.
The Vikings led 12-1 at halftime. Polly Purcell finished with three goals and three assists and Tracey Bounds had two goals and three assists.
"I don't think we played one of our better games," said North Harford coach Barbara Waite, whose team dropped to 9-6-1. "It seemed like were were a half-step behind."
Pub Date: 5/17/98