-- The top-ranked Mount Hebron girls' lacrosse team's 21-7 victory over Catonsville in the Maryland 3A/2A final Thursday was one for the record books.
The Vikings set the 3A state mark for most goals in a championship game, scoring one more than they did in a win over Liberty in 1995. The Vikings also scored 45 goals in the state tournament -- they defeated North Carroll, 24-2, in the semifinals -- to top the record 37 scored by the Vikings in 2002.
No team in any classification has scored more goals in the state tournament in the event's 15-year history than the Vikings (18-0) did this year.
The Vikings' domination of Catonsville (14-4) at UMBC appeared to be more of a coronation than a run through the playoffs, as they had little trouble winning their eighth consecutive state title and 12th overall, also records in any classification.
Mount Hebron had 12 players score at least one goal against the Comets, with junior attack Meg Taylor and sophomore Megan Bosica each scoring a game-high five goals, as it posted its third consecutive undefeated season.
"We didn't know about the records coming in, but it's awesome that's how we'll be remembered," said senior attack Kristen Slahor, whose team has won 60 consecutive games dating from the 2001 season. "It's been a great season that we're always going to remember."
The Vikings have appeared in the championship game of their respective classifications in each of the past 13 seasons, and the only time they did not walk off the field with the tournament's most coveted prize was after an overtime loss to Annapolis in 1996.
But this year, the Vikings had no trouble securing the title as they outscored their three opponents in the 3A/2A North Region and two in the state tournament, 111-19.
"Our goal from the first day of practice this year was to reload and repeat," said Mount Hebron Coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, whose team scored twice in the game's first 27 seconds. "It wasn't our goal to come in here and set all those state records, but to see so many of players do something out there, that's what makes a great team."
Centennial junior attack Sam Stumpf's goal with 4 minutes 32 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in a 9-7 victory over Towson in the Maryland 3A/2A boys' final, the Eagles' second state championship in the three years.
The Eagles (16-3), who trailed 7-6 with less than 10 minutes left, tied the game on a goal by senior Eric Meekins with 7:06 remaining before junior Alex Ashcroft circled the goal and slipped a pass to Stumpf to cap the comeback.
"We'd been looking for each other all game, and right then, Sam was open and it was almost too easy," said Ashcroft, who had a game-high three assists.
"That's a game everyone on our team will remember for a long time because we worked so hard to get here," said Stumpf, who scored two goals. His brother, freshman Jonathan Stumpf, and junior midfielder Eric Evans also had two each.
Towson (15-2) opened the game with two goals in the first 4:26, but the Eagles scored five of the next six goals, the last by junior midfielder Scott Fry just 10 seconds before intermission.
Towson rallied to take a 7-6 lead with 9:36 remaining in the game after a goal by senior attack Jason Connor.
But then Eagles rallied, getting goals from Meekins and Sam Stumpf to take the lead and Jonathan Stumpf put the game away by scoring his second goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining.