WINFIELD — Entering last night's boys lacrosse game against South Carroll, Westminster coach Jim Peters simply said his team would have to score.
It turned out neither team did much scoring, but South Carroll did just enough -- claiming a 6-4 victory to clinch the county title.
After Westminster rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, South Carroll's Ryan Dorsey came right back to score what proved to be the game-winner at the 8:15 mark.
The win leaves South Carroll at 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the county enteringtomorrow night's game against North Carroll.
"We're playing pretty well right now," South Carroll coach Gene Brown said before the contest."
"We're just taking them one game at a time."
Jeremy Russin opened the scoring at the 7:07 mark of the first quarter, taking afeed from Travis Mansfield to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. That's how the quiet first quarter would end.
Brad Blizzard's unassisted goal 30 seconds into the second quarter gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead, andDonny Pyles scored at the 6:18 mark to give South Carroll a 3-0 halftime lead.
All the while, the South Carroll defense was standing tall, keeping the Owls in check.
"They're very big on defense and play a tight zone," Coach Peters said.
"They've also got a solid goalie in (Chris) Nave."
Westminster got back into the game with a pair of late third quarter goals to cut the Cavs' lead to 3-2.
MarkMariaka got things going for the Owls at the 3:42 mark of the third,and Marshall Brown scored with three seconds left in the quarter to cut the lead to one.
Westminster's John Bolesta tied things up less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Dorsey's game-winner.
It was the Cavaliers 13th straight win over the Owls dating to 1986.
Westminster will close out its season Monday at Bel Air.
"It's been a disappointing season," Peters said.
"We've only had four starters intact from the opening game. Injuries and sickness have hurt us all season."