Carroll's top two boys lacrosse teams will hook up tonight when the Liberty Lions travel to Winfield to take on the South Carroll Cavaliers in a matchup that could well determine the county title.
The Cavs (7-2 overall) lead the county with a 3-0 mark, while the Lions (7-1) are 3-1 in county play. Their only loss of the season came courtesy of the Cavs -- an 8-6 setback earlier this month.
The game will feature the top six scorers in the county along with the two top-rated goalies.
South Carroll attacker Don Pyles leads the county in scoring with 31 points -- 16 goals and 15 assists. Many of those assists have gone to teammate Scott Mills, who has a county-leading 21 goals on the season.
Liberty's Ross Yastrzemsky entered the week a point behind Pyles in the county race with 12 goals and 18 assists.
John Monar and Dan Reichard are the other leading scorers for the Lions, while Mills and Jeremy Russin have provided muchof the offensive firepower for the Cavs -- all four have 20 or more points so far this season.
Tonight's contest could be a defensive matchup, however, with both teams playing stingy defense.
Last week, South Carroll goalie Chris Nave yielded only two goals to North Carroll in a 12-2 rout and Liberty's John Conrey was nearly as stingy in the Lions' 8-3 win against Westminster.
In other sports this week:
* The North Carroll softball team will get its third crack at Westminster tomorrow when the two square off in Westminster.
Westminster (9-3) is unbeaten in the county at 4-0, while the Panthers (8-4at the start of the week) are 4-2.
Both of North Carroll's countylosses have come from the Owls -- most recently a 6-5 decision in the Owls' Easter Classic Tournament finals on Saturday.
That game went nine innings before Holly Chatfield's triple scored Kasim McLain for the game-winner. The Owls rallied to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Prior to the loss, the Panthers werewinners of their last five.
The Owls pounded Littlestown, Pa., 17-7, in the opening-round game Saturday before edging the Panthers.
Monday, the Owls continued rolling with an 11-5 win against county foe Liberty. Westminster pitcher Stephanie Harrell improved to 9-3 on the season with the win.
* The Western Maryland College golf team will try to defend its Middle Atlantic Conference championship of a year ago this weekend at Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, Pa.
Competition will begin Saturday with 36 holes scheduled, and the teams will come back Sunday to shoot 18.
WMC coach Scott Moyer will likely send the fivesome of juniors Steve Comes -- last year's MAC individual champion -- Tom Brandt and Jeff Dierks, along with senior captain Ken Werley and freshman Brian Gallizzo.
The Green Terrors are4-0 in dual match competition against MAC schools this season. They should get a strong challenge from last year's runner-up Susquehanna,along with Gettysburg, Dickinson and possibly Moravian.