(Enlarge) Mt. Hebron's Taylor Babin, left, celebrates her goal with teammate Kara O'Rourke Tuesday. Mt. Hebron defeated Severna Park, 8-7, in overtime, to win Howard County's first District V girls lacrosse championship. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda)
Mt. Hebron is looking at the season as a book with four chapters, which are part motivational, part self-help and part instructional and all about redemption.
Chapter 1 was all about winning the county title. The Vikings finished that chapter last week when they beat Howard, 18-9, to complete an undefeated county season and win their 21st county title in 24 years. Sounds like a lot, but it's only the second for this year's crop of seniors.
The Vikings successfully completed chapter 2 May 10 with a 8-7 overtime victory over Severna Park in the District V championship game played at Reservoir. This is Howard County’s first victory in the three years the girls lacrosse District V game has been played.
In the early going, with Severna Park up, 3-0, and Mt. Hebron taking nearly 8 minutes to get its first shot of the game, things did not look good.
Severna Park played a hounding defense — double and triple teaming.
“In the beginning we had to adjust to it and we did,” said Kara O’Rourke, who scored two goals.
The Vikings trailed, 4-3, at the half.
The second half went back and forth with Mt. Hebron taking a 7-6 lead when Jenna Boarman fed Jamie Schwartz for her second goal. Although Mt. Hebron got the next draw control, the Vikings couldn’t run out the clock, turning it over at midfield, and that allowed Severna Park’s Rachel Mia the opportunity to tie the game 7-all with 32 seconds left.
The Falcons had a chance to win in regulation, but Mt. Hebron keeper Maddy Fisher made a save with just a few seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Defender Katie Czulewicz got the first draw control of the overtime and Mt. Hebron patiently worked its offense until Sam Brookhart scored at the 1:40 mark of the first overtime period. Her goal, her second of the game, proved to be the game winner.
The Falcons had several good chances to tie the score late in the second overtime period. They had three 8-meter shots in the last 2 minutes. Liz Trainer was able to check the shooter’s stick on one, the Viking defense was in shooting space on another and Fisher saved the third.
On the night, Severna Park outshot Mt. Hebron, 19-17.
“Poor shot selection,” said Severna Park coach Cairn Peterson. “Their goalie’s right handed. A high shot to the right is not going to work on a good goalie and she’s a good goalie. ... Mt. Hebron had great defense and they got draw control which is critical in this kind of game.”
Fisher finished with nine saves.
“This is a great moment for this team. ... This team’s pretty resilient and they’re fighters. We were well prepared for Severna Park,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Sullivan, who is in her first year as the Vikings’ coach.
Mt. Hebron lost the initial District V game to Broadneck, 11-9. Glenelg lost last year’s contest, 14-2, to Severna Park.
Now Mt. Hebron can focus on the final two chapters of the season - regional and state titles.Mt. Hebron 8, Severna Park 7
MH - Brookhart 2, O'Rourke 2, Schwartz 2, Babin, Boarman. SP - Mia 3, Barranco 2, Torggler, Adams.Assists:
MH - Boarman 2, Brookhart. SP - Gardner.Saves:
MH - Fisher 9. SP - Mata 8.Halftime:
Severna Park, 4-3.
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