Lions blitz S. Carroll for 6th title

April 28, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

No. 5 Liberty (12-0) blitzed neighborhood rival South Carroll, 14-2, in a display of total dominance to wrap up its sixth straight Carroll County title.

Liberty is 5-0 in the county with one game left, and second-place South Carroll dropped to 2-2. The Cavaliers are 6-3 overall.

In addition to having a major advantage in skills, the Liberty players were a little riled up over the outcome of the meeting between the two teams nine days ago at Liberty.

Unranked South Carroll outhustled Liberty most of the time that night and led, 5-4, with 20 minutes left before falling, 10-7.

"We were mad about that game," said senior Liberty defensive standout Natalie Hannibal. "We didn't play well and wanted to show what we could really do tonight."

Hannibal ran all over the field to knock the ball out of the sticks of the South Carroll players and prevent them from gaining any momentum.

"I didn't even have to get our players up for this game," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn, who has coached the Lions to 15 straight wins over South Carroll. "I just said 'You guys should be ready to play from what happened the last time.'We wanted to prove we were the best team in the county, period."

Liberty outshot South Carroll, 33-9, had seven players get into the scoring column, led 9-2 at halftime, and everybody on the roster got to play a substantial amount of time.

The Lions were led offensively by junior midfielder Kelly Grammes who had four goals in her top performance of the season.

Four players scored two goals each, with Amie Rose getting two goals and two assists.

Melissa Martin had two goals and one assist, and Amy North and Nicole Bengermino each had two goals.

"Tonight showed what we can really do," said North.

"Whoever was open took the shots for us," said Vaughn.

Twelve of Vaughn's 15 straight victories over South Carroll have come against her former roommate at Salisbury State -- Cavaliers' coach Stacy Stem.

Stem tried a little of everything to keep her team in the game but LTC nothing worked.

"We rose to the occasion the first time we played them and haven't played well since," said Stem. "We put all of it into that game and now we've gone downhill. Usually my teams get better as the season goes on but not this one. We're not even passing and catching the ball anymore. Our seniors aren't stepping forward at all with any leadership."

However, South Carroll appears headed for the 3A-4A regional playoffs because its 6-3 record is good enough for third place in the 3A-4A West.

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