Liberty clinches county title behind Skovron's 10 goals

April 22, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Nathalie Skovron's senior season continued to unfold brilliantly last night.

Skovron scored 10 goals and handed out one assist to lead seventh-ranked Liberty to a 21-12 victory over Westminster at Liberty.

The Lions (5-0 in the county, 10-1 overall) clinched their fifth straight county championship. Liberty has won five in a row after Westminster captured titles in the first two seasons of girls lacrosse competition in the county.

Last night, Skovron was virtually unstoppable as she flashed all the skills that have enabled her to score 57 goals and contribute 18 assists for the Lions.

Westminster goalkeeper Jaime Wheat put up a valiant fight to contain Skovron and Liberty, making 14 saves on the night.

But it was only enough to keep the game close for the first half, with Liberty clinging to a 7-6 lead at half-time over the Owls (1-4, 1-7).

However, Skovron came out and scored three goals in the first 2:15 of the second half.

"I don't want to talk about my 10 goals," Skovron said. "It was the team that helped me do it. They got me the ball and the defense was great. That's all I really want to say about it."

When reminded that Liberty had clinched the county title, Skovron said: "That's nice but I want the states [1A-2A state title that eluded Liberty last season in spite of a 13-1 record].

Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said that Skovron's team-oriented remarks were typical.

"She's like that," said Vaughn who told her team at halftime to stop forcing so many passes.

"I didn't yell at them. I just pointed out that we were getting possession of the ball but dropping it at the 15-meter mark of the field. And we were letting Tiffany Weal work on us too much in front of the net."

Weal scored three straight goals in the first half to tie the game at 3 and wound up with six goals. Jen Markowitz and Amanda Zoulias each had two goals for the Owls.

In addition to the big night for Skovron, Liberty was helped by Megan Horneman's three goals and two each from Bourke, Amie Rose and Nicole Bengermino.

Liberty's second leading scorer, Kym Frey, was used mostly as a decoy last night and didn't score a goal for the first time this season. She had three assists to raise her total to 34 along with 32 goals.

"Our attack is where we want it to be at this time of the season," said Vaughn. "But we have some work to do on defense."

Westminster coach Suzanne Peters had vowed to give Liberty a better game than the first encounter of the season between the two schools (20-11 Liberty win) and she was completely right for 25 minutes.

"I was proud of the way we played in the first half," said Peters. "We ran our offense and capitalized on their mistakes in the first half, but they just wore us down in the second half with their speed and quickness. Also, they started controlling all the draws and we barely saw the ball."

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