Loch Raven romps, 19-7, in title game

May 26, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Loch Raven's Lauren Volk gleefully reached down to grab a handful of mud to throw at her teammates.

Liberty's Nathalie Skovron stood motionless in tears.

No one had to ask who won the game and the state Class 1A-2A girls 1A-2A lacrosse championship last night at Catonsville Community College.

It was fourth-ranked and unbeaten Loch Raven all the way in a 19-7 romp over No. 5 Liberty, ending a 16-2 season for the Lions and wiping out the school's bid for a first state girls lacrosse

championship for Carroll County.

Skovron, who had scored 76 goals in 17 games for Liberty, was completely shut out last night by standout Loch Raven defender Anne Heine.

And why was Volk smiling and in a playful mood?

She had just scored four goals and dominated the draws for the Raiders (16-0) who played inspired lacrosse from the start to bring the state 1A-2A title back to the school after losing in the finals the past two seasons to Mount Hebron.

With Volk dominating the draws and the Raiders slowing the ball down to take Liberty out of its vaunted transition game, the top-seeded Lions never really had much of a chance last night.

"I've practiced my draws a lot," said Volk. "And we spread our offense out and really pulled together. We wanted this real badly."

Volk had a lot of help from Robyn Harry (five goals, three assists), Heather Kormanik (three goals) and Kim Allen (two goals, two assists). The Raiders also received superb goaltending from Bettina Guevara, who made nine saves.

In contrast, Liberty's two goalkeepers, Heather Carter and Lyndsey Pohlit, were virtually helpless to stop the well-drilled Loch Raven offense that scored from all angles of the field.

The Raiders often simply --ed through the Liberty defense for point-blank shots on the net.

"All we were doing was staying with our man and not stopping anybody else," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn.

"Plus they took us out of our game that we have relied on so much. We couldn't run and that has been our whole game. Loch Raven played a set offense and that is what schools are playing at the next level."

Kym Frey was basically the entire Liberty offense with three goals and one assist. Frey beat the Loch Raven defense with strong individual moves for all three of her goals.

But she didn't have much help last night.

"We wanted to take Skovron out of the game," said Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn. "And it worked. Anne Heine has been a great defender all year for us. The Fallston game [10-9 win] in the semis was a wake-up call for us and tonight we played outstanding lacrosse offensively and defensively."

Galinn now has a 99-2 record in seven seasons as head coach at Loch Raven, with the only two losses coming in the 1A-2A title the past two seasons.

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