Getting off to a good start is always a plus in any sport.
The Liberty and Westminster boys lacrosse teams did just that Friday in Howard County and will be looking to stay on a roll tomorrow when the two teams meet at Liberty.
Westminster came from behind to edge home-standing Howard, 7-6. Down, 6-5, in the final quarter, John Bolesta scored the tying goal and followed that up with the game-winner. He scored the Owls' last four goals.
Liberty had a much easier time at Atholton, winning, 11-3, paced by John Monar's three goals.
Defending county champ South Carroll will look to bounce back on the road against Oakland Mills today. The Cavs were upset by Centennial, 7-3, in their season-opener. Both opponents are from Howard County.
In other sports this week:
* Two intra-county games head the schedule in softball.
The Liberty Lions get the first crack at defending state champ North Carrolltomorrow in Hampstead. Liberty senior pitcher Brenda Timko will leadan experienced group to take on the mighty Panthers.
The Panthersreturn a strong lineup led by seniors Vicki Jackson, Tina Martin, Shelly Woodburn and Sherri Martin.
A key to the Panthers' fortunes will be pitching. Gone to graduation is standout hurler Michelle Ament, who leaves the pitching duties to Michele Jeffery and Jenni Heindel.
On Friday, Westminster will travel to South Carroll. Karen Walker and Holly Chatfield spark the Owls' offense, while South Carroll will look to senior Liz Masterson to patrol the outfield and provide leadership.
* In baseball action Friday, Westminster will try to shut down the potent South Carroll offense and find a way to score some runs of its own.
Both clubs have a lot of offensive firepower and solid pitching. Senior shortstop Bobby Taylor leads the Owls attack offensively, while junior outfielder Charlie Kuykendall batted .400 last year for the Cavaliers.
On the mound, the Cavs likely will start with Joe Goodwin or Mike Downs, both seniors.
The Owls' top returning starter is senior Rob Ruhlman.
* The Western Maryland College baseball and softball teams play conference doubleheaders on the road Saturday.
The baseball team, which finished its Florida trip 2-4 to go to 3-4 on the season, will travel to Muhlenberg, Pa., and then play host to Franklin & Marshall Sunday in a make-up game from lastSunday.
The softball team travels to F & M.
In other college action Saturday, the Green Terrors' track team will play host to the WMC Relays.
The WMC women's lacrosse team will be at F & M; the tennis teams will hit the court with the men playing host to Susquehannaand the women at F & M.
(All times p.m. unless notes)
Baseball: Hanover (Pa.) at Liberty, 4; Westminster at Thomas Johnson, 4; WMC at Washington, doubleheader starting at 1
Boys lacrosse: South Carroll at Oakland Mills, varsity at 3:30, JV to follow
Girls lacrosse: Atholton at Liberty, varsity at 3:30, JV to follow; Oakland Mills at South Carroll, JV at 5:30, varsityat 7; Cal.-Santa Barbara at WMC, 6
Softball: Hammond at Liberty, 4; Elizabethtown at WMC, doubleheader starting at 2:30
Tennis: Catholic women at WMC, 3
Track: Westminster at Old Mill, 4
Golf: Lebanon Valley/Messiah at WMC, 1
B baseball/softball: Francis ScottKey at South Carroll, 4
Baseball: Francis Scott Key at Williamsport, 4; Liberty at Oakland Mills, 3:45; South Carroll at Frederick, 4; Howard at Westminster, 4
Boys lacrosse: Westminster at Liberty, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30; North Carroll at Hereford, varsity at 3:30, JV to follow; WMC at West Chester, TBA
Girls lacrosse:North Harford at North Carroll, varsity at 4, JV to follow; Mount Hebron at Westminster, JV at 5:30, varsity at 7
Softball: at Williamsport, 4; Liberty at North Carroll, 4; South Carroll at Frederick, 4
Tennis: Williamsport at Francis Scott Key, 4; South Carroll at Frederick, 4; Thomas Johnson at Westminster, 4; Goucher men at WMC
Track: Linganore/North Hagerstown at Francis Scott Key, 4; Thomas Johnson/Frederick at North Carroll, 4
Golf: WMC at Susquehanna Invitational, 1
B baseball/softball: North Carroll at Liberty, 4
Baseball: North Carroll at South Western, 4; Westminster at SouthCarroll, 4
Boys lacrosse: Centennial at North Carroll, JV at 6, varsity at 7:30; South Carroll at Hammond, varsity at 3:45, JV to follow
Girls lacrosse: Liberty at Franklin, varsity at 3:30, JV to follow
Softball: South Western at North Carroll, 4; Westminster at South Carroll, 4
Tennis: North Harford at North Carroll, 4; Westminster at South Carroll, 4
B baseball/softball: South Carroll at Westminster, 4
Baseball: WMC at Muhlenberg, doubleheader starting at 1
Women's lacrosse: WMC at F & M, 1
Softball: WMC atF & M, doubleheader starting at 1
Tennis: Susquehanna men at WMC,2; WMC women at F & M, 1
Track: Liberty at Glenelg Relays, TBA; WMC Relays, 12
Baseball: F & M at WMC, doubleheader starting at 1
Men's lacrosse: Scranton at WMC, 2
Tennis: Muhlenberg men at WMC, 12