In the pressurized world that is Mount Hebron girls lacrosse, state championships are expected. And with good reason.
There is no better program in the state.
The Vikings won their 50thstraight game last night, 16-4, beating Howard County rival Glenelg for the Class3A-2A-1A state title at UMBC. It was their fourth straight championship and eighth in the past nine seasons.
The game started 40minutes late, then was stopped with 4:42 left to play because of lightning. The game was called at that point after a 32-minute delay.
Melissa McCarthy scored 42seconds into the game for Mount Hebron (19-0), and the Vikings were on their way to their fourth unbeaten season since 1992. Mount Hebron, which outscored opponents 394-87 this season, took a 10-3lead into halftime.
Midfielder Lauren Kickham, the Vikings' lone four-year starter, had a team-high five goals, three in the second half.
Melissa McCarthy, ejected after drawing her second yellow card with 21:22 remaining, Kristen Waagbo, Katie Jeschke, and Stephanie Scurachio each had two goals for the Vikings.
Glenelg (17-3), which lost 18-3 to the Vikings in the regular season, was led by Kelly O'Connor's two eight-yard goals.
The Vikings finished the season with an 11-game winning streak. Their last lost was to St. Mary's, 5-3, on April 18, 1998.
The Vikings started this season with a 10-8 win over St. Mary's, and later topped No.2 Bryn Mawr, 14-10, in the Mount Hebron tournament championship.