Terror men hit lacrosse milestone in G'burg win

April 16, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Owls were able to sneak past 10-time defending county boys lacrosse champ South Carroll by a goal in the county-opener, and the North Carroll girls were solid in their win over perennial county champ Liberty. But the most impressive lacrosse showing in the past week was in the college ranks, where the Western Maryland men knocked off then-No. 8 Gettysburg.

Last Wednesday's 10-5 win was a milestone for the Western Maryland program, and it was passed in convincing fashion.

With a 3-2 lead at the half, the Green Terror took control in the pivotal third quarter by scoring three unanswered goals. Goalie John Torpy finished with 17 saves and Bo Schrott did all of his scoring -- three goals and one assist -- in the second half.

How big was the win for the Western Maryland program?

It was the first win over Gettysburg since 1986. The Green Terror, now 8-0 and ranked 13th in the NCAA Division III poll, has had similar strong starts in recent years, only to run into Gettysburg and another Centennial Conference power, Washington College, and not be able to stack up. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore.

Two questions to ponder:

First, how can Gettysburg, now ranked 11th with a 5-4 mark, still be ahead of the Green Terror in the national poll?

And second, how can Torpy not be selected as the Centennial Conference Player of the Week after coming up with big save after big save in the biggest game of the season up to this point? The award was given to Dickinson goalie Adam Norton, who had 11 saves in a 10-1 win over 0-9 Swarthmore.

Backof Player of Week

Someone very familiar with Player of the Week honors is Julie Backof, who has earned the award twice already this season to help push the Western Maryland softball team into first place in the Centennial Conference.

The Green Terror (13-5) is 8-1 in conference play with a key doubleheader coming against Ursinus (6-2) coming up this weekend.

Backof (Westminster) continues her incredible pace. The junior second baseman is now hitting .589 on the season with 28 RBIs, six homers, six doubles and five triples.

County races heating up

The thick of the Carroll County slate is here with some huge games this week.

Baseball: No. 18 South Carroll (8-1, 3-0 in the county) will get a visit from No. 10 Westminster (8-2, 1-1) this afternoon.

The Cavaliers are coming off their first loss of the season -- a 12-1 setback to Central Maryland Conference foe Thomas Johnson on Monday. Westminster got an outstanding effort from Chris Mathias in a 10-0 win over North Carroll on Friday. Mathias threw a no-hitter and also provided a good part of the offense with a homer and five RBIs.

Boys lacrosse: South Carroll (3-3, 0-1) will try to rebound from last week's loss to Westminster with Liberty (2-4, 1-0) visiting Winfield tonight. The last time the two rivals met was in last year's playoffs, when South Carroll nipped the Lions, 7-6, in a classic confrontation.

Girls lacrosse: All the talk last week was about undefeated North Carroll's 13-8 win over seven-time defending county champ Liberty. But Westminster (5-2) also looked impressive in its 14-8 win over South Carroll.

The Owls will get their chance against Liberty tomorrow night in Westminster. Senior attacker Amy Bittinger, who scored seven times in the Owls' 15-10 loss to Dulaney on Monday, now has 34 goals on the season to lead the county.

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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