Mt. Hebron suspends 5 players for first game

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Five Mount Hebron varsity girls soccer players have to sit out Friday's season opener against visiting C. Milton Wright as punishment for breaking team rules.

The infractions were committed last week following a scrimmage at Bel Air.

"There were some team rules broken and five players were disciplined," said coach Jonathan Davis. "Part of that discipline is that they're missing a game."

Davis said three of the five were "definite starters." Four of the five started the scrimmage against Bel Air.

Meanwhile, Mount Hebron will be without its top player, junior Julie Napolitano, for at least the season opener and second game Sept. 12 at Linganore.

Napolitano, an All-County and second-team All-Metro midfielder, tore a ligament in her right ankle in the second half against Bel Air and had to be carried off the field.

"They said I'll be out for two weeks," Napolitano said Monday. "I'm off the crutches and wearing an air cast."

Napolitano said she hopes to play Sept. 15 when the Vikings travel to Class 4A defending champion Westminster.

Mount Hebron and Glenelg have moved their Oct. 17 league game to Sept. 20, six days before the remaining eight teams open the county schedule.

Davis made the request as part of a plan to schedule the Vikings in a tournament. Glenelg agreed to make the change, but the Vikings' tournament hopes fell through.

Centennial girls soccer coach Mike Senisi is going back to his hometown of Massapequa on New York's Long Island and taking his team with him.

The Eagles leave Friday and will play Massapequa, Cold Spring Harbor and Baldwin high schools in scrimmages Saturday. Senisi, who was born and raised in Massapequa, said the team also will do some sightseeing, including a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

The team will stay at the Long Island Marriott next to the Nassau Coliseum.

Centennial senior goalie Erica Niemann will not make the trip, instead using the weekend to see college teams that are recruiting her play in a tournament at James Madison University. Sophomore Betsy Smith will start in goal.

River Hill senior soccer player Kara Hollerbach, the projected starter at stopper, is out indefinitely with a yet diagnosed left knee injury, according to coach Joan Kelso Smedley.

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