Liberty routs Oakland Mills in region semifinals, 23-9

May 14, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

This was vintage Liberty High girls lacrosse.

Precise passing and catching in a blistering transition game, constant cutters in front of the net, rapid-fire scoring from the big three of Kym Frey, Megan Horneman and Nathalie Skovron and a tough defense led by Natalie Hannibal.

The result was a 23-9 romp for the top-seeded Lions over fourth-seeded Oakland Mills last night in the semifinals of the 1A-2A West Regional at Liberty.

Liberty (14-1) will meet third-seeded Wilde Lake 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty in the 1A-2A West final.

Wilde Lake ousted second-seeded Hammond, 24-20, yesterday in the other semifinal game.

Sixth-ranked Liberty is one victory away from its first trip to the state girls lacrosse tournament.

Last night, Frey, Horneman and Skovron combined for 18 goals and three assists.

Hannibal played tight defense on standout Oakland Mills attacker Kathy Hurley, holding the Scorpions' scoring leader fairly well in check.

Frey had seven goals and two assists in her top offensive performance of the season. She had been used more as a feeder in the regular season.

During the regular season, Frey had been content to let Skovron and Horneman do most of the scoring for Liberty, but last night she stepped forward in a big way.

"I decided to go for it tonight," said Frey, who was the Carroll County Player of the Year last season with 37 goals and 41 assists. "I was hot, and I could feel it. I was the second option on most of the plays, and they wound up going to me a lot."

Horneman had six goals for the winners, and Skovron had five goals and one assist.

Skovron leads the team with 62 goals and 22 assists, and Horneman has 51 goals and 11 assists.

Hannibal stuck to Hurley like a glove, but Hurley was still able to score four goals to join Angie Fattori (four goals) as the scoring leaders for the Scorpions (4-9).

"We wanted to shut Hurley down," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "And Natalie Hannibal did as good as could be expected. She knocked down several passes to Hurley and blocked one of her shots."

Hurley entered the game with 59 goals and 11 assists.

The game was never close after Liberty scored three straight goals for a 4-1 lead nearly 12 minutes into the first half.

"We have a lot of weapons and used them all tonight," said Vaughn. "We work hard in practice on all phases of our game, and it paid off. We wanted to score out of transition and we did often, but when we ran our offense it seemed like Kym Frey did most of our scoring."

Moments after the Lions had walked off with the easy win, Oakland Mills coach Chris Marsiglia predicted that Liberty would go all the way to the state 1A-2A championship.

"Liberty could beat a lot of college teams the way they pass and catch the ball on a dime," said Marsiglia. "I told our girls I want them to pass and catch like Liberty some day. I believe that Liberty will beat Loch Raven in the 1A-2A championship game."

Marsiglia said her team would have given a better account of itself last night if senior Erynn Campbell had not been sick and three players had not been suspended from the team for breaking team rules.

"That left us with only one senior [Amy Caldwell]," said Marsiglia. "But the girls who played gave their best, and we're going to be good in the future."

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