The county girls lacrosse picture should come into sharp focus this week as teams flex their muscles.
With the lacrosse program only in its fourth year, three teams have started running up some impressive numbers.
South Carroll and North Carroll headed into the weekend undefeated, and Liberty, at 2-2, came close to stunning St. Mary's of Annapolis, one of the best teams in the metro area, last week. The most interesting matchup tonight is the South Carroll at Liberty game (5:30 p.m. junior varsity, 7 p.m. varsity).
The Cavaliers have rolled to five straight wins over Howard County foes (including previously unbeaten Howard High), led by the potent offensive duo of Erin Eaton and Jeri Stephenson.
Liberty, meanwhile, has two losses, to Catonsville of Baltimore County and St. Mary's. The Lions are paced offensively by Rachel Horneman (the leading scorer in the county last year), Val Swomley, Wendy Pahl and Becky Woodford.
At the same time in Westminster, North Carroll visits the Owls in another important county contest.
North Carroll is 4-0 and paced by Bridgette Harris, who's already scored 18 goals and leads the county in scoring. Vicki Williams, Danielle Miller and Stacey Kent also can add firepower.
Goals aren't coming nearly as easily for Westminster as they are for other county teams in the early weeks of 1991. Only Judie Marcus (seven goals, 14 points) and Latha Naganna (five goals, 10 points) are in double figures in points scored.
Of course, Westminster is having the toughest time among county teams thus far, going winless after the first four games.
In other sports this weekend:
* It's unusual to calla game crucial at this early juncture, but tomorrow's Linganore at Liberty baseball game (4 p.m.) is just that. It's the second of two meetings this year between the two, and Linganore won the first, 4-3.
The two are among the preseason favorites in the Central Maryland Conference. Liberty started the week with a 4-2 record (1-1 in the CMC), while Linganore was 2-1.
The Lions thus far have been paced by Jeff Wagner, who's batting .667 with two homers and eight runs-batted-in. He's also 1-1 on the mound.
In an important county matchup today, surprising South Carroll (5-1 overall as the week started) takeson Westminster (2-2) at 4 p.m. in Westminster. Joe Goodwin has been the mound ace for the Cavs thus far.
* The Western Maryland College softball team has a busy weekend, with back-to-back Southwest Section doubleheaders. The Green Terrors (2-0 in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest) meet Washington College (0-2 in MAC action) at home Saturday at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, the Green Terrors play host to preseason favorite Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) College in a 3 p.m. twin billin a makeup postponed from March 30. The Diplomats don't have a Saturday game scheduled and should be well-rested.
Also today at 4 p.m., South Carroll plays Westminster at 4 p.m. at Deer Park in a countygame.
* Westminster travels to Winfield Friday night (6 jayvee, 7:30 varsity) for a county boys lacrosse match. The Cavs have high-scoring Kyle Blough (34 points) and Scott Mills (25 points) against Westminster's Jeff Dolan (28 points) and Dave Hogue (27 points).
* Western Maryland's golf team plays host to its second invitational in asmany weekends when 12 squads take part in the WMC Classic Saturday at 10 a.m. on the college links.
One of the highlights for local fans is the appearance of Francis
Scott Key graduate Mike Wah, now playing at Frederick Community College.
The Green Terrors will havegreen and gold squads performing and will be joined by Gettysburg, Juniata, Maryland-Baltimore County, Millersville, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Shippensburg, Swarthmore and York.
* Liberty and Linganore will meet in an important CMC girls tennis contest 4 p.m. tomorrow at Eldersburg. Liberty started the week with two undefeated doubles teams.