Explosive Liberty ends Wilde Lake's season, 20-6

May 18, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

They could have called it the Liberty Invitational instead of the 1A-2A West Regional.

The top-seeded Liberty Lions completed an impressive run through the 1A-2A West Regional last night, blitzing third-seeded Wilde Lake, 20-6, and earning the school's first trip to the state tournament in the eight years girls lacrosse has been played at Liberty.

"I've waited a long time for this," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn, who began plotting strategy for this season nearly 12 months ago.

Vaughn will send Liberty against South River in the semifinals of the state Class 1A-2A tournament this weekend at Catonsville Community College.

Vaughn said her team would play at 7 p.m. either Friday or Saturday.

Liberty becomes only the second Carroll County girls lacrosse team to make it to the state tournament, with South Carroll breaking the barrier last year in 3A-4A.

The Liberty show on their home field last night gave the sixth-ranked Lions a 43-15 goal margin over two Howard County opponents in the two wins it took to make the state tournament.

Liberty began the march with a 23-9 rout over fourth-seeded Oakland Mills last Friday.

There was no comparison in all phases of the game between the Lions and Wildecats last night, with Liberty having an edge in everything, including the number of players on the bench. Liberty had 11 reserves and Wilde Lake had three.

On the field, Liberty (15-1) had 10 players score one or more goals, and Wilde Lake (7-7) had only three players score goals.

Senior Liberty attacker Nathalie Skovron (five goals) came close to scoring enough goals herself to match the Wilde Lake output.

Skovron had plenty of support from Kym Frey (two goals, four assists), Megan Horneman (three goals, one assist), Melissa Campbell (three goals) and Debbi Bourke (two goals, one assist).

Bourke made the play of the game in the first half when she intercepted a Wilde Lake clearing attempt and --ed 20 yards for a goal and an 8-2 Liberty lead with a little more than nine minutes left before halftime.

By intermission, Liberty had raised the lead to 11-4 and the Lions came out in the second half to score nine straight goals for a 20-4 lead with four minutes left.

Wilde Lake was led by Karen Sutton (three goals) and Kim Driessen (two goals).

Wilde Lake coach Tammy Goldeisen said: "We wanted to play the kind of lacrosse we played all season but we couldn't do it because this was more of a physical game than we're used to. But I've told our players they have to adapt to the way the officials are calling the game. Tonight they were letting a lot of stuff go but we didn't play that way. In all, we were outplayed by Liberty."

Vaughn said: "We worked our game plan the way we wanted, shutting down certain aspects of their game. Natalie Hannibal turned in another super defensive game, holding Driessen to two goals, and Amie Rose and Debbi Bourke did a good job on Sutton."

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