Mount Hebron hardly out of practice; Weather has Vikings itching to play again; Notebook; High Schools


For Mount Hebron senior lacrosse player Liz Eberhart, enough is enough.

"I don't think I've ever had a spring like this in terms of having so many practices and not getting to play," Eberhart said. "I can honestly say I'm tired of practicing."

The top-ranked Vikings have played only five games this season. Their scheduled opener against Roland Park never got started because only one official showed up. The game was not rescheduled.

Mount Hebron rallied from a sluggish start to beat St. Mary's, 10-8, in its opener, and has since defeated four county teams by a total of 89-7.

The Vikings were scheduled to play at seventh-ranked Notre Dame Prep on Monday, but rain postponed the game until May 5.

Mount Hebron had hoped to use the NDP game as a tuneup for its fourth annual spring tournament Saturday. With that game gone, the Vikings will go nine days without facing anyone but themselves.

"We've had more than enough practice time, that's for sure," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, whose team has practiced the past two days in the gymnasium but will go outside today. "We're as well prepared as we can be."

Eberhart said the layoff "might hurt us a little" in Saturday's tournament. "We might have a rough start, but I think we can pull through in the end like we did against St. Mary's."

Mount Hebron will play state champion Radnor (Pa.) High School of suburban Philadelphia at 10 a.m. in the tournament opener. The second game at 11: 30 a.m. features second-ranked Bryn Mawr against fifth-ranked Severna Park.

The consolation game will begin at 1: 30 p.m., and the championship is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Mount Hebron, which has won 36 straight games, defeated Bryn Mawr, 9-5, in its season opener last year. The Vikings previously played Severna Park in the 4A-3A state championship in May 1977 and won, 8-6.

Off to college

Mount Hebron's Katie Jeschke will play lacrosse at Penn State next year, and Oakland Mills' Molly Sunderdick will play soccer at George Washington University.

Jeschke turned down a scholarship offer from James Madison University, currently ranked No. 4 in the country, and also interest from Loyola, to attend Penn State as a recruited walk-on.

"The first time I went up there was last year when I watched my sister [Kristin, a sophomore on Ohio State's lacrosse team] play," Jeschke said. "I had a tour and I really liked it. I wanted a big-school atmosphere.

Jeschke was a three-time, first-team all-county field hockey performer who was named county Player of the Year last season. She considered playing both sports at the college level, but lacrosse gave her the opportunity to play at a larger university.

"I think I'll be happier playing lacrosse in college," said Jeschke, who has 10 goals for the Vikings.

Sunderdick, an all-county defender, said she picked George Washington over Washington University in St. Louis.

"I just felt it was more inviting," said Sunderdick, who earned an academic scholarship. "I really like the team and the coach, and I like the opportunity of being in D.C. It just felt right."

Mengel finishes fourth

Mount Hebron sophomore Mike Mengel finished fourth in the 152-pound advanced division at the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association national championships last weekend at Scranton (Pa.) University.

Mengel was second in both the county and state championships this past season at 145 pounds.

Norman Flecker Tourney

Atholton and Pallotti advanced to today's 2 p.m. final of the Norman Flecker boys lacrosse tournament at Atholton.

The host Raiders defeated Wilde Lake, 14-7, and Pallotti edged Hammond, 12-11, in overtime, in yesterday's games. Wilde Lake and Hammond will meet at noon today in the consolation.

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