S. Carroll runs to quick lead, routs Howard

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

What else is new?

It's May and the South Carroll girls lacrosse team is putting on another strong stretch drive that has landed the Cavaliers in the 3A-4A regionals as the third-seeded team.

South Carroll made it six wins in its last seven regular-season games last night, romping past visiting Howard, 20-8, in a game that was never close.

The unranked Cavaliers head into the regionals with a 7-5 record and most likely will meet fifth-ranked Mount Hebron May 13 in the opening round.

The Vikings, who figure to be second-seeded in the regionals, blew past South Carroll, 21-12, in an early-season game at South Carroll but the Cavaliers are a different team than the one coach Stacy Stem had on the field at the start of the season.

The current version of South Carroll girls lacrosse is catching and throwing the ball well and has a rejuvenated senior attacker, Tracie DiDio, leading the way.

DiDio and her teammates were overwhelmed by Mount Hebron in March and did little right.

Last night, DiDio scored five goals and had three assists to lead the assault on Howard (5-3).

The Lions have wrapped up the fourth seed in the 3A-4A regionals even though they have four games left. Howard is expected to meet top-seeded Centennial in the opening round, with the winner getting a shot at the Mount Hebron-South Carroll winner.

The Lions fell behind 10-1 with 3 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first half and could not get back in the game .

Laura Foerster (three goals) and Catherine Ampagoomian (two goals) led the losers.

Howard coach Pat Becker said: "They were more aggressive than us and the officials let them get away with it. "

Stem, whose South Carroll team won eight of its last nine games last season to make it to the state Class 3A-4A finals, said her team is beginning to understand what it takes to win.

Other than a loss to North Carroll, the South Carroll setbacks have come against highly-ranked teams -- two to sixth-ranked Liberty, one to No. 5 Mount Hebron and one to No. 11 Centennial.

Erin Windsor scored three goals and two assists for South Carroll, and Melissa Gettemy and Jessica Etzler each had two goals.

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