Undermanned Liberty wallops Westminster, 20-11

April 12, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Consider this for a moment.

The seventh-ranked Liberty girls lacrosse team played the first half without its top scorer, senior attacker Kym Frey who had racked up 21 goals and 21 assists in the first seven games of the season.

The Lions played the entire game without junior defensive standout Natalie Hannibal, who was sick.

But they still had enough firepower to jolt Westminster with a 15-3 lead at halftime on the way to a 20-11 victory last night at Westminster.

Liberty (7-1, 3-0 in the county) now has beaten all three of its Carroll county opponents by a combined margin of 56-25.

Is it enough to make Westminster (1-4, 1-1), South Carroll and North Carroll wave the white flag before the second time around against Liberty this season?

"No," said Westminster coach Suzanne Peters after her team had rallied with six straight goals in the first seven minutes, seven seconds of the second half to prevent the outcome from being worse than it was.

"I think they [Liberty] can be beaten," said the Westminster coach. "It's just hard to convince 17-year-olds that they have a chance to win against a team like Liberty, which has this aura about them because they've beaten everybody by such lopsided scores."

Peters said the Lions have one major item (speed) that she can't teach her Westminster team.

"She [Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn] has four, five or six girls who are faster than my fastest girl," said Peters. "But I have to convince my girls before the next game with Liberty that anything is possible in a game. I was so disappointed at halftime tonight because the team I know wasn't the one out on the field playing Liberty."

The Owls' coach said she told her players at halftime: "I don't care whether we win, lose or draw, just play like you know how."

Peters thought the Lions were making some mistakes like dropping the ball too much but her team "didn't take advantage of it."

Liberty needed less than five minutes to build a 5-0 lead to set the tone for most of the evening.

The Lions scored out of transition, on set plays from behind the net and on one-on-one moves in front of the goal.

Megan Horneman and Nathalie Skovron led the first-half charge, with Horneman scoring four goals and getting one assist and Skovron throwing in three goals and handing out five assists.

Skovron continues to be the big surprise for the Lions this season, as she has scored 27 goals and contributed 14 assists in eight games.

Skovron was used only sparingly in the second half and didn't add any more goals or assists.

Meanwhile, Frey was sluggish most of the second half after coming off the bench but still scored two goals.

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