Mount Hebron senior Lauren Schaaf took the turf at Franklin High School on Monday night like she was playing for a ring. If things go well for the Vikings field hockey team this weekend, she might end up with two.
Schaaf’s three-goal performance in the Vikings’ 4-1 victory over Urbana didn’t just secure a berth in Saturday’s Maryland 3A title game; it earned her the right to expand her jewelry collection.
“I made a bet with my mom,” she said. “I’ve wanted to get my nose pierced for a long time, and she’s totally against it.”
For Donna Schaaf, an assistant coach with the Vikings, the wager to allow her daughter to get a nose ring for her 18th birthday on Sunday if she recorded a hat trick was a no-brainer: Lauren had never scored more than twice in a game.
“I personally didn’t think that I was going to get three goals, and I know she didn’t,” Lauren Schaaf said.
The first came quickly. Just 48 seconds into the game Schaaf buried a cross funneled in by senior Monica Linn near the left post. Urbana’s Courtney Mellon tied the game three minutes later, but from there it was all Vikings — and all Schaaf.
“By the time I scored my third, I think she was trying to back out of the bet,” she said.
Katie Anderson rounded out the scoring for the Vikings, who led 3-1 at halftime.
With the victory, Mount Hebron (17-1) advances to play C.M. Wright at Washington College on Saturday. The Mustangs were 3-0 winners over Huntingtown in the other semifinal. A time for the 3A final has yet to be determined.
The Hurricanes (12-2-1) battled C.M. Wright to a scoreless tie through the first half, but yielded three quick strikes in the opening minutes of the second half.
“We came out as hard as we could,” senior defender Priscilla Berstler said. “I guess they just were more pumped up, more ready. But we tried our best, and sometimes it doesn’t work out.”
Junior goalie Charleen Fischer finished with 14 saves, backstopping a Hurricanes defense that stayed taut for much of the game despite yielding 11 corners.
Many of Mount Hebron’s players have memories of their run to the 2011 state final, which ended with a 1-0 loss to Westminster.
“We’re just ready to go,” Vikings Coach Jeannette Ireland said. “We’re just excited to be there. That was the goal with these seniors, to take the team back to states.”
Even though Schaaf held up her side of the bargain — moving Mount Hebron one win away from a batch of commemorative state championship rings — Mom isn’t giving up that easily on the piercing.
“We’ll talk about it,” Donna Schaaf said.