S. Carroll storms past Westminster, 11-4 Witte's six goals lead Cavaliers' attack

April 24, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The South Carroll Cavaliers were in their bus, not-so-patiently waiting for the OK last night at Westminster.

The storm passed and the thumbs up came from coach Jeff Alisauckas a little after 7 p.m. It wasn't much longer before the No. 12 Cavaliers were in total control on their way to an 11-4 win over Westminster.

South Carroll (6-1, 4-0 in the county) never allowed Westminster (5-4, 1-3) into the game last night, jumping out to a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter and maintaining it with a patient attack and some steady defense.

Senior Rob Witte led the attack with six goals, giving him 29 on the season, and he got plenty of support from senior Shawn Waters, who finished with a goal and four assists.

Senior defender Charlie Gallagher contained Westminster's standout attacker, Dave Baker, and South Carroll goalie Kjeld Lauritzen did his share with 10 saves.

"We were pumped up and ready to go, but weren't sure we'd play with all the rain," Witte said. "We had a lot of time on the bus to sit and think about what we had to do. When we found out we were going to play, we were ready."

Jason Weisenborn (one goal, two assists) found Witte all alone along the right side 1: 16 into the game and the Cavaliers were on their way to building a 5-0 lead with a patient attack.

"We didn't want to get in a run-and-gun game tonight and thought we would do well in a settled offense, and we did that," said South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas. "We wanted to come out and play good lacrosse and we executed and played our game -- settled, in transition and defensively. It was the best game we've played."

Trailing 7-2 at the half, Westminster tried to get back in the game early in the third quarter when Tony Palaia worked his way in front and scored 35 seconds into the third quarter to cut the South Carroll lead to four, but the Cavaliers answered 30 seconds later when Waters threaded a pass across the crease to a cutting Witte. Waters found Witte three times in the game.

"I've known [Waters] for a long time and we've played together for four years in high school," Witte said.

It's the second South Carroll win over Westminster this season and gives the Cavaliers an opportunity to clinch another county title Friday night when they play host to Liberty. The Cavs already have a win against Liberty, which beat North Carroll last night to improve to 3-1 in the county.

"We're practicing real hard and know what we have to do in the games and are doing it," Witte said.

Alisauckas is pleased with how focused his team came out last night and hopes to see it continue with Liberty and the playoffs to follow.

The Owls got a solid effort from goalie Jonathan Gibson, who finished with nine saves.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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