Owls send S. Carroll to 11-5 loss Girls lacrosse

April 16, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Westminster girls lacrosse coach Amanda Bodden insisted she didn't deliver any stirring halftime speeches or make any major strategy changes last night.

But the Owls certainly played like a different team in the opening min- utes of the second half against South Carroll.

Westminster scored four goals in three minutes to surge ahead 7-2 and then coasted to an 11-5 victory over the Cavaliers at South Carroll.

Amanda Zoulias led the quick second-half burst with two goals, and Kara Hedges and Beth Richardson each scored once in the game-breaking three minutes. Zoulias and Richardson each finished the game with two goals, and Tinah Houck scored three of the last four goals for the Owls to pace the scoring.

"The only thing we did differently in the second half was switch up Tinah Houck and Beth Richardson on the draws," said Bodden. "Other than that, I just told our players at halftime to bring in their cradles, watch their checks and not lose their momentum."

The victory moved Westminster (2-1, 3-2 overall) into second place in the Carroll County girls lacrosse standings behind unbeaten Liberty (3-0, 4-0).

South Carroll (1-2, 1-3) dropped to third ahead of last-place North Carroll (0-3, 1-3).

The Cavaliers have lost three straight games and haven't been the same since battling Liberty to a 9-9 tie in the opening minutes of the second half before the Lions went on a scoring tear for a 16-10 win in that game.

"We didn't show up for this game," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem. "I don't want to take anything away from Westminster, but we made a lot of mental errors. We played tonight like the old South Carroll teams of the past years when we finished last in the county. We were a better team than this at the start of the season."

Erin Windsor and Tracie DiDio each scored two goals to lead the Cavaliers.

Windsor's first goal came with 4:26 left in the first half and enabled South Carroll to trail by one, 3-2, at halftime.

"We weren't playing well even though we were in the game at the half," she said. "We need more practices to get down the basics like throwing and catching the ball. We didn't even do that right tonight."

South Carroll, hurt by injuries to starters Hilary Griffith and Alicia Sievert, had only four reserves last night compared to 10 reserves for the Owls.

Bodden believes her Owls will give a better account of themselves the second time around against Liberty.

"We didn't play our best game that night," she said. "We'll be a much better team when we see them again."

Westminster will meet Liberty Thursday night at Westminster.

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