Liberty slips past South Carroll, 11-7 Girls lacrosse

April 30, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Coaches don't always like close games, but Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn did not mind the 11-7 victory her No. 12 Lions posted against host South Carroll last night.

Liberty (8-0, 4-0) has made blowouts a rule this season. Vaughn wanted her team to be challenged, and she got her wish.

"I'm glad it was a close game. We need the work," said Vaughn. "I'm not upset at all. Our last test was against South Carroll [a 16-10 victory earlier this season]."

This game represented Liberty's smallest margin of victory. South Carroll (4-4, 1-3), however, needed three unanswered goals in the final 70 seconds to make the final margin four goals.

Liberty started out as if it would be another blowout. The Lions scored six goals in the first 12:12 to take a 6-1 lead.

Liberty controlled play in that part of the game.

South Carroll coach Stacy Stem thought her team may have been a little intimidated.

"It seems like, with my team, they get a late start and watch," said Stem. "We watched the whole first half."

Megan Horneman of Liberty scored two unassisted goals in the first 3:46 for a 2-0 lead. Amie Rose raised the lead to 3-0 on a free-position shot with 18:01 left in the half.

South Carroll got on the board 2:10 later when Tracie DiDio came all the way around the goal to score from in front. The Lions answered 1:24 later when Kym Frey (four goals, two assists) scored on a back-to-front move.

Frey and Debbi Bourke hooked up for two goals in 28 seconds. Frey first took a Bourke pass and scored after cutting in front with 13:26 left in the half.

Bourke then took a Frey pass to score and increase the lead to 6-1. Frey added a free-position shot with 22 seconds left in the half for a 7-1 lead.

"Once we get by our girl that is marking us, we just take off for the opening," said Frey.

South Carroll seemed to awaken after the sixth goal. Liberty had been making several good passes and --es to the goal, but slowed down.

Passing is the Lions' strong suit, but Liberty began struggling in that department. South Carroll found success by double-teaming the Lions.

South Carroll then began to click on offense. DiDio (three goals, two assists), Candice Blanchette (two goals) and Patty Duffy (one goal, one assist) began moving the ball around effectively.

"We finally started catching," said Stem. "Once we got together, then we started [playing well]."

Liberty stretched the lead to 9-1 on goals by Kerry Stossel and Frey. South Carroll answered with goals from Erin Windsor, Duffy and DiDio.

Nathalie Skovron then took a nice feed from Frey to score with 5:59 left. Bourke followed with a long shot with 3:03 remaining for an 11-4 lead.

South Carroll got the final three goals.

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