WESTMINSTER -- Shannon's Saloon left no doubt who the best team was in the travel division of the Carroll County Lacrosse Association Summer League.
After a scheduling problem had forced the Greene Turtle team to forfeit the title game earlier this month -- thus awarding the championship to Shannon's -- Shannon's agreed to reschedule the finals on Thursday at the Carroll County Sports Complex.
This time, it was Shannon's who struggled to find enough players -- having only 10 (just enough to field a team) at the start of the game. Three more showed up a bit later.
Final score: Shannon's 16, Greene Turtle 10.
"We came with a lot less players but came to win," said defender Cort Sandstrom, who chipped in with a goal as well as anchoring a makeshift defense.
"It's just good time, summer ball. We usually just go out to have fun, but it's a little different when your playing for the championship."
With a 4-3 lead after one quarter, Shannon's broke it open in the second by scoring five of the quarter's six goals to take a 9-4
halftime lead. Turtle could get no closer than within three goals the rest of the way.
Matt O'Ferrall and Warner Krueger led with three goals apiece, while Brad Johnson added a pair for the winners. Gary Hanley and Sam Currerri had two goals each for Greene Turtle.
Shannon's finished the season 7-0, while Greene Turtle was 5-2 with its only losses coming against the champions. The game ends the 16th season of summer league lacrosse.
"I've been in this league for seven years now and it keeps getting better and better," said Shannon's Jim Huelskamp, the 1992 captain of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's Baltimore Thunder. "We're bringing good players up here to show some of the younger players in Carroll that there are great opportunities in lacrosse."
The Carroll County Men's Softball League wrapped up its season with a double-elimination 'A' tournament final Wednesday at the complex.
Elite 10 took over right where it left off in the regular season with a 19-5 win over Vee's Tees.
Elite, which won the regular season title with a 20-7 mark, pounded out 28 hits Wednesday to roll through the postseason tournament with four straight wins. The team opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Artie's Dodgers; beat Lehigh, 10-6; and defeated Vee's Tees, 11-8, before taking them again in the title game.
"I felt the team really played up to its potential and did a good job all season long," said Elite coach Larry Stambaugh.
"The league was very balanced this year, and there were teams out there who could have beat us, but we played as I expected."
Brian White had four hits, Brad Gist chipped in with three and Barry Griffith had a three-run homer to lead Elite 10 past Vee's Tees in the finals.
But it was the team's defense that had Stambaugh talking.
"Whenever a team got something going, we always came up with a big double play, especially in the Lehigh game and against Vee's Tees. And then, we would come back and score some runs in our half of the inning," he said.
In men's over-30 indoor soccer action at Four Seasons Sports Complex, the Carroll Sweep ended the Hanover Silver Eagles reign as division champions with a 9-4 win in the finals Thursday.
The Eagles, over-30 champions in the first two sessions of the 1992 year, had a 26-game winning streak broken as the Sweep's Mahmood Ebrahimzadeh scored three goals to lead the way.
The Sweep reached the finals with an 8-2 win over the Cavaliers in the opening round of the playoffs and then defeated the BC Bombers, 5-3, in the semifinals.