Liberty rates a heavy favorite

May 13, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The Liberty High girls lacrosse team begins what it hopes is the school's first trip to the state 1A-2A tournament, and South Carroll will be out to repeat last season's magical march to the state 3A-4A championship game.

That is the scenario today as Carroll County's top two girls teams open regional action.

Sixth-ranked and top-seeded Liberty (13-1) will entertain fourth-seeded Oakland Mills (2-8) at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the 1A-2A West Region.

The Lions enter the game as heavy favorites to advance to the West Region final against the winner of today's matchup between second-seeded Hammond and third-seeded Wilde Lake.

Liberty has been led all season by high-scoring senior attacker Nathalie Skovron (57 goals, 21 assists), who has said several times the team will be disappointed if it doesn't make the state tournament.

The Lions also have outstanding senior midfielder Megan Horneman (45 goals, 11 assists) and last season's Carroll County Player of the Year Kym Frey to create problems for opponents.

Frey has been used more as a decoy and passer this season after scoring 37 goals and handing out 41 assists last season as a junior attacker.

Speed is one of the primary assets for the Liberty team that has so much talent it could afford to move star attacker Debbi Bourke to defense this season.

But coach Courtney Vaughn has been preaching to her players as much as she can "not to take Oakland Mills for granted."

The Scorpions are led by sophomore midfielder Kathy Hurley (59 goals, 11 assists).

In some comparative scores, Oakland Mills lost to Howard, 15-14; Howard lost to South Carroll, 20-8; and South Carroll lost twice to Liberty by a total of 18 goals.

Unranked South Carroll (8-5) has won seven of its last eight games to make the 3A-4A West Region and earn a second shot this season against fifth-ranked Mount Hebron (9-2) at Mount Hebron today at 3:45.

The second-seeded Vikings blitzed the third-seeded Cavaliers, 21-12, in the opening game of the season, in which Mount Hebron coach P.J. Kesmodel used his reserves most of the second half after building a 19-2 lead at halftime.

The Mount Hebron-South Carroll winner will meet the winner of today's game between top-seeded Centennial and fourth-seeded Howard.

Mount Hebron scores goals in bunches behind senior attacker Cathy Nelson and junior attacker Dani Vissers. Two weeks ago, Nelson established a single-game school scoring record with nine goals and three assists.

The Vikings have lost only one game in seven years to Howard County competition, and their two setbacks this season have come to second-ranked Roland Park (15-0) and ninth-ranked Mount de Sales (18-2).

South Carroll has put on its late-season drive behind the scoring of rejuvenated senior attacker Tracie DiDio, who had four goals against Liberty in an important late-season game.

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