Westminster rolls to 13-7 win over N. Carroll Girls lacrosse

April 29, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Cathy Fitzgerald led Westminster's scoring parade with four goals and goalie Danielle Fisher held visiting North Carroll in check for the first half, as the Owls rolled to a 13-7 win last night in Carroll County.

The Owls (5-3) dominated the first half from the start, scoring four goals in the opening 3:30.

Fitzgerald got things started with an unassisted goal in the opening minute. Beth Richardson scored the first of her two goals less than a minute later, and Fitzgerald made it 3-0 at the 22:42 mark. Tiffany Weal made it 4-0 at 21:30.

By the time North Carroll (1-7) got off its first shot of the game, with a little less than 10 minutes gone, Jen Markowitz had made it 5-0 with a unassisted goal.

Fitzgerald went around two defenders and sent a shot past goalie Holly Saravalle to close out the first-half scoring.

"You just can't get down by six goals in girls lacrosse and expect to come back," said North Carroll coach Stacey Abeles. "We just came out flat at the start and they have some great players."

The Panthers could have climbed back into the game late in the half, but Fisher kept them in check with five big saves.

On one of them, she caught a shot by North Carroll's Amber Sheppard with eight minutes left in the half. Tammy Giffi charged the cage seconds later, only to be stuffed by the Westminster goalie, and Giffi cut around the net and took a shot with 30 seconds left in the half, only to see Fisher turn it aside.

"[Fisher] played an excellent game, and we really wanted the shutout," said Westminster interim coach Amanda Bodden.

"In the second half, we used some subs and mixed some things up. We have a lot of quality subs, and I like to use them all."

Abeles said one of the problems this season for her young Panthers -- they start only one senior up front in Giffi -- is shot selection, and it hurt them again last night.

"Our shot selection was just not very good. We're shooting at the goalie, and it's been a problem this season. We have a lot of young players and we're working on getting them to find the corners. It just takes time."

Giffi spoiled Fisher's shutout bid with a goal at the 15:39 mark of the second half to make it 6-1. The floodgates opened with 13 more goals.

Westminster's Tinah Houck scored three second-half goals; Weal also would finish up with three goals for the Owls.

The Panthers got three goals from Laura Burkhouse and two each from Giffi and Kerry Gambrill.

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