Bolesta swamps Liberty for 14-2 win Boys lacrosse

April 24, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The Liberty lacrosse team probably has seen enough of Westminster attackman John Bolesta.

Bolesta scored six goals and had one assist earlier this season in a victory for Westminster. Last night, Bolesta struck again, scoring five goals and handing out an assist as Westminster rolled over visiting Liberty, 14-2, in a Carroll County game.

Westminster (7-1, 3-1) struggled on offense at the start, scoring only one goal in the first 13 minutes. The Owls experienced some problems passing and executing plays.

"We were standing still too much," said Westminster coach Jim Peters. "Once we started moving, it started clicking."

That happened midway through the second quarter. The Owls scored five goals in a stretch of 4:53 to take control. Bolesta sparked the rally, as he scored three times and handed out an assist.

"We knew we could put some points on the board," said Bolesta, who keyed that 14-10 victory earlier this season. "We weren't sharp [at first]. Then, we started rolling."

The Owls led 6-1 at halftime and added six more goals in the third quarter for a 12-2 lead. Chris Ahrens (3 goals, 3 assists) fed Jim Zoulias (1, 4) with a perfect pass for a goal with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Just 1:38 later, Ahrens took a nice feed from Zoulias to score for a 10-2 lead.

"We just broke down defensively," said Liberty coach Jim Langrall. "We got our heads turned."

Liberty (4-3, 1-3) also struggled on offense. Westminster outshot Liberty 40-15. The Lions managed only six shots in the second half.

"Our offense never got in gear," said Langrall.

Greg Schad and Chris Gray scored the only Liberty goals. Top scorer Ross Yastrzemsky had only one assist as Mike Bolesta did a strong job.

Westminster started quickly when Gabe Zepp scored only 18 seconds into the game. Zepp got the ball after the Owls won the opening faceoff, and he went into the zone and fired in a 10-yard shot.

The dry spell broke when Bolesta made a perfect feed to Jamie Grocki, who scored on a 10-yard bullet with 6:16 left in the half. Twenty-eight seconds later, Bolesta put one past Liberty goalie Paul Lichtinger (16 saves) for a 3-0 lead.

Zoulias then fed Adam Tozer from behind the goal, and Tozer scored with 4:41 left. Liberty got on the board with 3:45 left when Greg Schad fired in a low shot from 15 yards.

Bolesta added the finishing touches to a good second quarter. He took a perfect pass from Ahrens -- another back-to-front play -- and scored with 1:39 remaining. Sixteen seconds later, Bolesta cranked it up from about 20 yards for a 6-1 halftime lead.

Bolesta kept going in the second half, scoring only 29 seconds into the third quarter on a slick over-the-shoulder shot. Zoulias got the assist.

Eighteen seconds later, the Owls stretched the lead to 8-1 when Ahrens connected on a bounce shot from 15 yards.

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