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No. 8 Howard routs No. 12 Mount Hebron in boys lacrosse

The Howard goals came early, late and often, the defense held the Mount Hebron offense scoreless in the second half, and the midfield ruled the faceoffs and possession.

The No. 8 Lions seemed to do everything right as they dominated one of the top defenses in Howard County in a 21-5 victory over the No. 12 Vikings in a battle of two undefeated teams April 17.

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Vikings coach Mike McCarthy thinks this Howard team — specifically the offense — is one of the best the county has seen.

"They're very good. They capitalize on every mistake you make," McCarthy said. "They shot the lights out, literally. I think 50 percent of their shots were on [goal]. ... They're loaded. They're a great team. That's one of the best offensive teams in the last 15 or 20 years in the county."

Someone different seems to lead the Lions offense night in and night out. This time, it was a combination of seniors Scott Bruner, who scored six goals in the second half and eight total, and Eric Schroeder, who tallied four in the first half and seven total.

"The dynamic of our offense, it makes us more versatile. I feel like we got five or six guys that can dodge, we got four or five guys on the field at a time that can shoot with time and room," Howard coach Jimmy Creighton said. "It makes us tough to prepare for. You don't know who's going to come at you, you don't know who's going to get their goals that day."

Entering the contest, the Vikings (8-1) had been allowing just more than three goals per game thanks to the play of goalie Casey DuBois. But McCarthy said his goalie never stood a chance against the versatile Lions offense.

"They got the ball quick to the backside," he said. "We knew this could happen if we didn't play well."

Though Mount Hebron's Shane Brookhart scored the game's first goal, Howard answered with three straight and scored six of the next seven goals to lead 6-2.

The Vikings scored three in the second quarter, but as it turned out it the last goal they would score was with 3:11 remaining in the first half.

Howard had been slow out of the gates in several games this season, but Creighton thought his team started out strong.

"The offense got clicking early ... We wanted to get at them early and just keep at them and put the pressure on them," he said.

The second half, however, Bruner and Schroeder put on a scoring clinic. Bruner scored the first three to open the half, and Schroeder netted the next two to push the lead to 16-5. In the final quarter, the Lions (10-0) kept the foot on the gas as Bruner tallied three more and force the running clock.

"I think it says a lot about our shooting," Creighton said, referring to the 21 goals. "A lot of our shots were inside five yards. It says a lot about our offense."

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