Second-half surge lifts Liberty

April 29, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Talent took over for Liberty in the second half last night and wiped out a valiant effort by upset-minded South Carroll at Liberty.

It was the skills and speed of seventh-ranked Liberty against the grit and imagination of a much-improved South Carroll team.

The Cavaliers were trying to prevent Liberty from marching unbeaten through Carroll County competition, and they were trying to give coach Stacy Stem her first lacrosse victory over Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn in five seasons.

But the Lions (12-1) just had too many weapons down the stretch for the Cavaliers (6-5).

And when the final horn sounded, Liberty walked off the field with a 17-10 victory.

"It didn't seem like a 17-10 game," said Stem. "I felt like it was much closer than that but we just made too many mental errors. Liberty is famous for not playing strong in the first half and that's why I didn't really get my hopes up too high at half-time [9-8 Liberty lead]."

The Lions, with Megan Horneman and Kym Frey leading the way, scored the final five goals of the game after Tracy DiDio had cut Liberty's lead to 12-10 with a goal with 10:31 left in the second half.

Horneman and Frey each scored two times in the final eight minutes and Melissa Campbell added a goal in the game-ending surge.

Horneman finished with six goals and Frey had three goals and three assists for the Lions, who have won eight straight since losing to Mount de Sales in the title game of the Mount Hebron Easter tournament.

It was a typical Liberty performance, as the Lions found a way to score goals even when one of their stars was being shut down.

This night, it was leading scorer Nathalie Skovron (52 goals and 19 assists entering the game) who was hounded by the South Carroll defense.

Skovron was held to one goal and one assist and that kept the game close at halftime.

"We were scoring more out of transition tonight than out of our set offense," said Vaughn. "Nathalie does most of her scoring when we run our offense. It was just a matter of us pulling together in the second half."

Vaughn said her team continues to play "ugly first halves."

"I told the players at halftime that we were a better team man-to-man than they were," said Vaughn. "But South Carroll was focused and really wanted to win this game badly. DiDio really hurt us all night long. She's an excellent player who will go on to play at a higher level."

DiDio played the best game of her senior season, Stem said, and kept the Cavaliers close early with some key goals. She finished with four goals and one assist, and Erin Windsor added three goals and Melissa Gettemy had two.

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