Save for a couple of all-star basketball games next week, the wintersports high school sports scene is finished.
But the recreation folks still are active, with several spring programs getting under wayand a host of winter programs coming to a close.
The Carroll County Lacrosse Club plays its second game of the year at noon Saturday at the Carroll County Sports Complex north of Westminster. Washington Lacrosse Club visits as the Carroll team tries torebound from last weekend's season-opening 7-3 loss to Coors Light L.C. of Philadelphia.
"In all honesty, our defense is our strength," said player-coach Ross Burbage. "We have three (NCAA) Division I defensemen."
That unit is anchored by former Navy starter Chris Griffith and University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Liberty High graduate Trey Ernst, along with three goals -- Scott Robinson, Eric Amtsberg (both Westminster High grads) and Mike Stricker (South Carroll).
The defensive (long-stick) midfield is paced by Westminster and WMC graduate John Bailey, former Westminster and St. Mary's College starter Steve DeFeo and former Towson State starter Brian Abbott.
Offensively, South Carroll High and Western Maryland College graduate Eric Schwaab leads the attack after missing part of last year with a knee injury, joining Vernon Noratel, last season's leading scorer with38 goals and 15 assists, and North Carroll grad Danny Blackburn.
Burbage said his midfield runs three units deep with no appreciable drop-off in talent. Included in that group are two Towson Catholic High grads -- Russell Shoul (his brother plays for Towson State) and Matt Krivak -- along with Westminster grads Matt Smith and Sean Bell andSouth Carroll grads Barry Bruce (he played on the school's first-ever team in the mid-1970s) and Tom Merashoff.
Westminster High graduate Jimmy Brothers is the faceoff specialist. Another important player should be Mark Jones, a Baltimore Poly graduate who recently moved to the Mount Airy area after playing collegiately at Lehigh.
"We've got someone playing from every lacrosse-playing school in the county," Burbage said.
In other sports this weekend, the St. Joseph's Basketball League starts its post-season activities with the senior boys playoff game at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the church gymnasium in Eldersburg.