No. 5 Liberty fights off South Carroll for a 10-7 victory

April 19, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

This was another in a long line of classic Carroll County girls lacrosse games between five-time defending champion Liberty and challenger South Carroll.

The unranked Cavaliers left their hearts on the field, playing inspired lacrosse and battling fifth-ranked and unbeaten Liberty to the end before finally falling, 10-7, at Liberty.

It was the 14th straight Liberty victory over South Carroll, but the losers gained a lot of respect by giving the Lions their sternest test by far this season.

South Carroll (4-2) stunned Liberty (9-0) with a 3-1 lead early and fought back in the second half to gain a 5-4 advantage on a Jaime Yokay goal with 20 minutes left in the game.

And the Cavaliers made the evening even more scary for Liberty by fighting to 6-6 and 7-7 draws.

Melissa Gettemy tied the score at 7 for South Carroll on a free-position shot with 10 minutes left in the game.

Then Amie Rose took over for the Lions and scored the final three goals to wipe out any upset hopes the Cavaliers had.

Rose, even though she did not start the game due to "a coach's decision" by Courtney Vaughn, wound up with five goals to run her total to 41 in nine games.

Rose did not play the first six minutes and 42 seconds and did not score her first goal until four minutes remained in the first half.

"It was weird not starting," said Rose. "I was a little worried when we fell behind in the second half but I figured we would be all right if we were patient enough."

Rose gave Liberty a 8-7 lead with 5:36 left when she scored off a free-position shot, then ran the advantage to 9-7 with 2:16 remaining on a fast-break goal, and wound up scoring from close range with 1:10 left.

"Rose is unbelievable," said South Carroll coach Stacy Stem. "She can change hands quickly. We wanted to keep the ball out of her stick and Amy North's stick."

Lindsay Pyles held North scoreless but Nicole Bengermino broke through with three goals for Liberty.

"I knew if we took care of the ball we could keep the score down and have a chance," Stem said. "Erin Nauyalis had a super game in the goal for us and gave us a chance to win."

Nauyalis had 10 saves for South Carroll, which was outshot 25-16.

"There is always a next time," said Nauyalis, who will get one more chance to beat Liberty April 27 at South Carroll. "We had our hearts in the game and gave all we had."

Vaughn said: "I could tell in warm-ups we weren't really ready to play South Carroll. We came out flat and played poorly but South Carroll was playing for a lot."

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