Westminster Ends S. Carroll's Reign, 13-9

Cavs' 10-season Grip On County Title Is Stopped

Boys Lacrosse

April 23, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

As the final 15 seconds ran down last night in Winfield, the lacrosse sticks were raised high along the Westminster Owls sideline.

Westminster coach Jim Peters, in his 16th season, took a quick glance at the scoreboard as those final seconds came off the clock.

It read: Westminster 13, South Carroll 9.

With it, 10 years of frustration for not only the Owls, but also for fellow county foes Liberty and North Carroll, were gone -- a tribute to the South Carroll program, which has dominated the county for the past decade.

The Owls win last night, their second against South Carroll this season, assures that the Cavaliers (5-4, 2-2 in the county) will not win their 11th straight county crown.

The Owls (8-2, 4-0) need one win to bring the county championship to Westminster.

"This was an important win for us," said Peters. "The kids really wanted this one. We showed that other teams in the county are capable of winning the county championship."

Nick Beser led the Owls with four goals -- including the game-winner with 5: 58 left in the fourth quarter and a key insurance goal right after.

The Owls started fast, scoring the game's first five goals, but the Cavaliers chipped away and with a number of third-quarter man-advantage situations, they had a 9-8 lead going into the fourth quarter.

After Beser assisted on Greg Fisher's third goal of the game to tie the game at 9, he scooped up a loose ball at midfield and scored the game-winner at the 5: 58 mark while the Owls were short-handed.

Beser added insurance when he picked up a loose ball in front and bounced one past South Carroll goalie Nick McCready -- giving the Owls an 11-9 lead with 2: 46 left.

"This is excellent -- we finally beat them twice," he said. "We felt like we were going to beat them the whole time. There was no doubt in our minds. All I was worried about was picking up the ground balls."

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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