Liberty opens strong, rolls past N. Carroll

March 31, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The powerful Liberty girls lacrosse team opened its 1994 run in Carroll County last night and drew nothing but rave reviews.

The Lions overwhelmed North Carroll, 19-4, behind a well-balanced attack that had six players scoring two or more goals and senior attacker Kym Frey contributing one goal and six assists.

The ninth-ranked Lions (4-0) began their season with three non-league victories over Howard County opponents, Oakland Mills, Hammond and Wilde Lake.

If there were any doubts that Liberty was the heavy favorite to win a fifth straight Carroll County championship they were erased in the second half last night when the Lions erupted for 12 goals despite the fact coach Courtney Vaughn cleared her bench.

Liberty held a 7-1 lead over the Panthers at halftime.

North Carroll coach Jodi Shipley led the admirers of the Liberty performance.

"They really cram that transition game at you so much that it was impossible for us to be on attack very often," said Shipley.

North Carroll fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the county.

Frey, the Carroll County Player of the Year last season, has picked up right where she left off.

She has 11 goals and 17 assists in four games after rolling up 37 goals and 41 assists last season in 14 games.

In a light moment last night early in the second half, Frey was "rewarded" for her unselfishness by teammate Megan Horneman.

Horneman had just scored a goal off a nifty pass from Frey and began to celebrate by waving her stick in the air and saying "nice pass" to Frey.

Just as the word "pass" got out of Horneman's mouth, her stick inadvertently hit Frey in the head. All the Liberty players laughed along with Frey who had to come out of the game for several minutes and apply an ice pack to her head.

But Frey proved she was OK, going back into the game and scoring her lone goal of the evening and handing out two assists.

Horneman finished with three goals for the winners, following Melissa Campbell and Amie Rose in the goal-scoring parade.

Campbell and Rose each had four goals, and Debbi Bourke, Nathalie Skovron and Nicole Bengermino each had two goals.

Laura Burkhouse led the losers with two goals, and Carrie Hale had 17 saves to make Liberty work a little harder.

Vaughn foresees trouble for her unbeaten team Saturday in the Mount Hebron Easter tournament, which includes the second-ranked host Vikings, seventh-ranked Mount de Sales, and a highly regarded C.W. Baker team from New York.

"We could get our butts kicked this weekend," she said. "Our kids are expecting a tough time and maybe that's good because it will shake them up a little."

Liberty will meet C.W. Baker at 10:45 a.m., and Mount Hebron will take on Mount de Sales at noon. The winners will meet in the championship game at 2 o'clock.

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