South Carroll in top form in 12-2 romp Luster, Pyles lead rout of N. Carroll

April 07, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll has won six straight Carroll County boys lacrosse championships and last night the Cavaliers showed why they are the heavy favorites to make it seven in a row.

South Carroll needed a half to get its offense in tune but was still able to blitz host North Carroll, 12-2, in the first taste of county competition this season for both teams.

The Cavaliers and the Panthers entered the game with 1-0 records on the strength of victories over Howard County opponents.

South Carroll had trouble shaking off North Carroll in the first half and had to settle for a 4-0 lead at intermission.

But the offense kicked in for the Cavaliers in the third quarter, as they sent five shots into the net for a 9-1 advantage at the end of the period.

South Carroll scored three goals in the final two minutes of the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.

Sophomore attackman Tom Luster and senor attackman Don Pyles each scored three goals for the runaway Cavaliers, who got excellent goalkeeping from starter Chris Nave and backup Clay Arthur.

Nave and Arthur each played a half and each made four saves to hold off the Panthers.

"We know our defense and goalkeeping is always going to be strong," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown.

"All we were concerned about was getting our offense going and we did that in the third quarter. We got better shots in the second half."

But Brown said he didn't want to get too excited about last night's victory because Liberty is on tap tomorrow night.

"That will be a tough game for us," said Brown. "We just need more experience of playing on the field due to all the bad weather."

North Carroll got its first goal early in the third quarter from junior attackman Sam Seashole, and junior attackman Jason Hale added the final goal for the home team in the fourth quarter.

"We're getting a little better each year," said North Carroll coach Chris Kraft.

"Gene Brown said this was the closest we've ever been to them at halftime [4-0]. He could see that we've improved."

Kraft said the Panthers tried to go one-on-one too often last night.

"We weren't moving the ball the way we're supposed to," said Kraft.

"Most of our shots were coming from the outside. We have good talent in the midfield and on attack, now we just have to jell that talent together."

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