N. Carroll ambushes Liberty, 13-8 Hentz's five goals help Panthers get the jump in county league play

Girls lacrosse

April 11, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In weather more typical of football season than time for lacrosse, North Carroll blitzed visiting Liberty last night.

Kellyn Hentz scored five goals, Josselyn Guinan made 22 saves and North Carroll took command with four goals in a 67-second stretch of the first half to give the Panthers a 13-8 victory over Liberty last night.

This was Liberty's first loss against a Carroll County school since about 1991. The Lions have won the last seven county championships.

The weather -- with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and gusting winds -- didn't seem to affect the teams much because both had many scoring chances. The difference was North Carroll (6-0, 1-0) converted its opportunities.

"We were aggressive," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "We had more confidence this year than in years past."

The Panthers attacked whenever possible, often cutting through double-teams and going to the goal. They also usually found good shots and set up teammates with nice passes.

"This was our aim the whole season," said Hentz. "It builds our confidence, [and] we were ready."

The Panthers got help on offense from several places. Danielle Shearer (three goals, one assist), Carisa Kreichauf (two goals, three assists), Annie Eggers (two goals) and Megan Rittler (one goal, one assist) carried the load for North Carroll.

But Guinan really saved the day. The junior goalie made 11 stops LTC in each half and made a number of good saves early while it was still close.

Kate Hannon of Liberty (4-1, 0-1) scored the game's first goal 1: 57 into the contest, but North Carroll then reeled off seven straight to take charge.

The game was tied at 1 when Hentz scored with 12: 41 left in the half.

Eggers followed with a goal 39 seconds later after the senior split two defenders.

But everything came apart for Liberty late in the half. Shearer made it 4-1 with 4: 12 left, scoring on a spinning scoop from in front. She scored again 25 seconds later after getting a loose ball near the goal.

Fifteen seconds after that, Hentz took a great Rittler pass and scored. Kreichauf ended the run 27 seconds later by scoring from in front for a 7-1 lead.

The Lions, led by Trish Young's four goals, never again pulled closer than four.

The North Carroll defense helped keep the Lions at bay. The Panthers double-teamed effectively, kept Liberty away from good shots and repeatedly cut off the Lions' paths to the goal.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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