S. Carroll finds a way to produce 10-9 victory Witte's five goals lead the way past Liberty

April 18, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Year after year, the South Carroll Cavaliers are the team to beat in Carroll boys lacrosse.

They always seem to find a way to win.

Last night at Liberty, it was senior attacker Rob Witte's offense and a solid, second-half defensive effort led by goalie Kjeld Lauritzen that proved to be the difference as the Cavaliers got past Liberty, 10-9.

Witte finished with five goals and one assist, and Lauritzen came up with 13 saves to get the job done for South Carroll (4-1, 2-0), which knocked off Westminster last week to get an early jump on another county title.

Witte and the South Carroll offense jumped to a 6-3 lead after the first quarter before Liberty rattled off four straight second-quarter goals to take a 7-6 lead at the half.

After Zach Dietrich (three goals, one assist) scored off a rebound with 3: 49 left in the half to give Liberty (4-3, 1-1) its first lead at 7-6, the Lions couldn't get anything further past Lauritzen, who settled in and allowed only one more goal the rest of the game.

"I felt a lot better in the second half. It was a rough field, but I came out more confident in the second half," Lauritzen said.

The South Carroll defense went to a zone in the second half and the Lions' offense didn't adjust to the change.

Witte scored his fifth goal -- a back-door play off a feed from Joe Shaffer across the crease -- to give the Cavaliers a 9-8 lead 22 seconds into the fourth quarter.

"We have a talented team," Witte said. "We move the ball around real quick and I just slide to get the back door. Our defense also played very tough."

The offense supplied one more goal -- on a man-advantage by Shawn Waters midway through the quarter -- and the defense did the rest, shutting down the Lions despite playing most of the remainder a man down.

After Lauritzen got sent off with a slashing penalty, Chris Berarducci scored his second of the game with 1: 05 left to get the Lions within one, but they couldn't get the equalizer.

"We had a lot of shots, but just didn't make them," said Liberty coach Troy Barnes. "We had the solid first half. Scoring seven goals against South Carroll is a good job, but we came out complacent in the third quarter and didn't adjust to their changes on defense."

Waters finished with two goals and three assists for the Cavaliers; teammate Ryan Blair added two goals. The Lions got a solid effort from goalie David Johnson, who had nine saves.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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