To call it a blowout would be to understate the obvious.
Mount Hebron dominated from start to finish yesterday, easily defeating Glenelg, 19-4, on the Vikings' home turf to remain the only undefeated boys lacrosse team in Howard County. And, with no disrespect intended to the Gladiators, it wasn't as close as the score might indicate.
"I'm extremely pleased with the way we played today," said Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan. "We've been preaching to the kids all year that they need to play a full 48 minutes. Today, we came out and everybody was locked into the game the entire time. Good things happen when we do that."
Do they ever. Depending on whom you asked before the game, the No. 5 Vikings (5-0 in league, 8-4 overall) weren't supposed to handle Glenelg (5-1, 8-3), or the rest of the county, with the same ease they had in past years. The game had all the makings of a potential dogfight, if only because Glenelg has played exceptionally well throughout most of the season.
It simply never materialized that way. The Vikings scored six unanswered goals in the first period, and didn't let up until very late in the game. Kurt Nordhoff, who continued his hot play of late, led the Mount Hebron with five goals and three assists as 11 players scored at least one point.
"I think this kind of sends a message to the county that we're playing well," Nordhoff said. "Glenelg's a good team with some great athletes, but we played very unselfish today."
The defense wasn't too shabby either, as Tony Incontrera, Matt Fallon and Mike Sormanti limited the touches and shots for Glenelg's big guns, Ben Dougherty and Pat Beall. Beall scored the Gladiators' only goal of the first half and handed out two assists.
All eyes now turn to tomorrow's match between Mount Hebron and River Hill, one of the county's best rivalries. But for the moment, it's the Vikings' time to enjoy an impressive victory.
"I think our kids just worked so hard in the off-season knowing that we only returned two starters," Doolan said. "Everybody has stepped up. I think we're a lot better than people thought we were going to be."