Liberty stopped short of tournament goal

April 03, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

In the end, only No. 7 Mount de Sales was left standing yesterday after four premier girls lacrosse teams dueled for seven hours in the Mount Hebron Easter tournament.

First No. 2 Mount Hebron fell, then highly regarded C. W. Baker from Baldwinsville, N.Y., and finally No. 9 Liberty.

Mount de Sales used an aggressive defense and the superb play of goalkeeper Audrey Powers to subdue Liberty, 15-10, in the championship.

Powers made 11 saves, including five from point-blank range, to turn back the Lions (4-1) every time they drew close to the Sailors (8-0) in the second half.

If Powers wasn't frustrating Liberty, the sagging Mount de Sales defense often knocked the ball out of the Lions' sticks to halt promising scoring opportunities.

Sailors coach Bill Held said: "We played an exceptional game defensively against a very talented Liberty team that I believe is underrated. I can see how they went 13-1 last season.

"We watched them annihilate a real strong C.W. Baker team this morning [15-4 in an opening-round game) and then saw C.W. Baker leading Mount Hebron early in the consolation game [Vikings rallied to win, 12-7] and wondered just how good Liberty must be."

The Lions seemed to have a bit of a letdown after the big upset over C. W. Baker and just couldn't stop the talented Mount de Sales' attack that was led by Lisa Banbury and the Buck sisters (Christy and Amy).

Banbury scored four goals, Christy Buck had four goals and one assist and Amy Buck had three goals.

"We knew about Amy Buck and Lisa Banbury," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "But Christy surprised us a little.

"We put Liberty High on the map. We gave everything we had and have nothing to be ashamed of. We had some lazy cradles and that's why we lost the ball on attack too many times."

The Lions spotted Mount de Sales a 3-0 lead and spent the rest of the day trying to catch up. Liberty drew within one goal three times in the first half before the winners started to pull away in the second half.

Liberty was led by Kym Frey who had three goals and one assist, and Nathalie Skovron and Amie Rose who each had two goals.

Mount de Sales upset Mount Hebron, 12-8, to reach the final.

Liberty reached the championship game behind a blistering scoring performance by Skovron who scored six goals and had three assists.

The Lions scored 10 unanswered goals after trailing, 3-2, late in the first half for a 12-3 lead with seven minutes left in the game.

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