S. Carroll-Liberty rivalry too hot?


April 14, 1993|By BILL FREE

Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughan shrugged it off as just another intense Carroll County game.

South Carroll athletic director Fred Baker said it was an "isolated incident" in a healthy rivalry between the two neighborhood schools.

Liberty AD Bob Henard doesn't see any reason to panic.

And maybe they're right.

But there has to be some concern about girls high school lacrosse games getting out of hand in Carroll County after last Wednesday night's Liberty-South Carroll duel at Liberty.

Liberty (3-0) was tied 9-9 in the second half with upset-minded South Carroll (1-1) before the Lions rallied to win, 16-10.

Several yellow warning cards were issued and three red-card ejections were handed out. South Carroll's Kristin Kinter and Tracie DiDio were given red cards, as was Liberty's Rachel Horneman.

The Cavaliers now will have to meet powerful Mount Hebron today with four starters out.

South Carroll defender/goalkeeper Hilary Griffith is out for the season with a knee injury. Alicia Sievert is injured, and DiDio and Kinter are out for one game as a result of the red cards.

One person who attended the game said there were some cries from the crowd to "hit them harder" as the two teams hooked up in a physical duel.

The game even tested the longtime friendship of the two head coaches, Vaughan and South Carroll's Stacy Stem. The two were roommates and field hockey teammates at Salisbury State.

Stem says Vaughan rode the officials too hard and intimidated them into making the red-card calls against South Carroll.

Vaughan said she is "always tough" on officials.

Stem says her underdog Cavaliers played their hearts out to gain the 9-9 tie, shocking the powerful Lions into retaliating with a physical brand of lacrosse.

"My kids were very aggressive," Stem said. "I don't think Liberty was used to it. My kids were nervous at the start and got behind 6-1, but they got back in the game.

"Then when our second player [DiDio] got red-carded, we had to play a man down because we had no substitutes due to injuries."

Stem said she didn't say much to Vaughan after the game for fear of "saying the wrong thing."

"Courtney said she was sorry about it [game actions] when we shook hands after the game," Stem said. "I just said, 'Whatever.' "

Vaughan denied that there were any words between the two coaches.

"We were roommates," Vaughan said.

When asked whether her Liberty team was surprised by South Carroll, Vaughan said:

"I'm not surprised because South Carroll has a couple of really good players. They beat North Carroll pretty badly."

Baker said he talked to Henard about the game and discussed it with the lacrosse referees association.

Henard says there were too many cards issued but the Liberty athletic director denied there were any problems with the crowd.

Where does it all leave the two schools as they await an April 29 rematch at South Carroll?

"The best thing to do," Baker said, "is not to give the game too much publicity. We've never had anything like that before in a good, clean rivalry. It was an isolated incident."

Henard said simply: "There's no reason to do much about it."

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