Mount Hebron is developing a habit of playing its worst lacrosse against Oakland Mills. A year ago the state champion Vikings needed two late goals and then overtime to edge the Scorpions during the regional playoffs.
Yesterday, amid occasional rain showers, the Scorpions (7-3, 4-2 league) made visiting Mount Hebron (9-1, 5-0) look like much less than a No. 10-ranked team before losing, 9-5. Vikings coach Jeff Doolan was irate about his team's play. "We had a complete mental break-down. It was awful," he said. "We just didn't do what we're supposed to do. We were in the wrong place on rides and clears. We didn't play smart."
Luckily for Mount Hebron, midfielder Franklin Berry came to play, scoring three of the Vikings' first six goals and assisting on two others -- all in the first half when the Vikings built a 6-3 lead.
Georgetown-bound Neal Goldman added a pair of Mount Hebron goals, as did sophomore Brendan Taylor. Jon Machiran had a goal and an assist. Mike Selawski scored a goal.
Steve Blakely's three goals and Jim Herberson's goal and three assists provided most of Oakland Mills' firepower. Herberson's goal cut Mount Hebron's lead to 6-4 early in the third quarter.
Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet was pleased with his team's overall performance but sees room for improvement. "When you play a zone like we do, you tend to play too much defense. We need to attack better and clear and pick up ground balls better."
Mount Hebron scored four straight goals in the second quarter to pull away, 6-2, before Blakely's bouncer found the net with four seconds left.
"We should have been up 10-1 at halftime," Doolan said. "We've got to play better than this if we hope to go anywhere in the play-offs."
Glenelg 8, Centennial 4: The Gladiators scored four straight goals, three by Stephanie Simpson, to break open a 2-2 game in the second half and defeat the Eagles.
Centennials Kim Emrich tied the game at 2 with 16:25 left to play. Two minutes later, Erin Edell scored off one of Simpson's three assists to start the Gladiators (8-1, 4-0 league) on their run. Simpson, a junior, put in three goals in the next 3:14 and Glenelg never looked back.
Centennial (3-4, 2-3) controlled most of the first half, but had a 2-1 deficit to show for it.
"We had control in the first half, we just couldn't get it in," said Centennial coach Katie Marks. "They play a really nice zone and we couldn't beat it."
The Eagles took nearly twice as many shots in the first half, but Glenelg goalie Heather Young came up with some big saves.
"If it wasn't for her we might not have been in the game in the second half," Simpson said.
Glenelg played a smarter, more patient game offensively in the second half and it paid off.
"We weren't settling on offense in the first half," Simpson said. "That's what we talked about at halftime - settling the ball more and giving our defense a rest."
Sun staff writer Start Rappaport contributed to this article.