S. Carroll out to regain title

Boys lacrosse: Goalie Nick McCready leads a determined bunch of Cavaliers into crucial Carroll County game vs. Liberty.

May 03, 1998|By JOHN W. STEWART | JOHN W. STEWART,SUN STAFF

A group of South Carroll seniors, part of a team that did not win the county championship last year, is intent on changing that situation.

The opportunity will come Tuesday night when South Carroll plays at Liberty with sole possession of the title at stake. A victory will give the Cavaliers a 7-1 record, against 6-2 for Westminster. But a win for Liberty, now 5-2, would make it a three-way tie.

Liberty already holds the distinction of inflicting that one county loss on its neighborhood rival, a 4-2 decision last week.

Westminster went through last year's county schedule undefeated, ending a string of 10 straight championships for South Carroll.

Now, Mike Rabinovitz, Greg Will and Nick McCready are part of a senior-oriented South Carroll lineup that has gone 9-4 overall.

"The streak had to end sometime, because lacrosse is growing in the county," said Rabinovitz, a three-year starter in the midfield "Westminster and Liberty, for example, are good and provide strong competition."

Given the experiences of a year ago, Will, a senior defender, pointed out how this unit plays together more.

"I think we work better as a team because there are no superstars," said Will. "As a defenseman, I know if you can shut down a team's one or two stars, you have a better chance of winning than against a team of 10 solid players."

Senior goalkeeper McCready and Will are two-year starters, and McCready, in particular, has improved. "I'm talking louder, and it has meant better communication with the defense," he said.

Coach Jeff Alisauckas and Will confirm the improvement.

"He was quiet at the start, and lacked concentration, but he's come a long way," said Will.

Alisauckas pointed out that the preseason goal was to hold teams under 7.5 goals a game and the team is pretty much on it.

"I couldn't be happier about Nick," he said.

In two recent games, McCready limited high-scoring Westminster and Liberty to four goals apiece. Against Westminster, he had 14 saves, and Liberty, 10.

Will is the leader of a new defense, because none of the others played on the varsity last year. As a result, he is the one directing traffic, and setting an example for the others.

Although Rabinovitz, who has faced off for his three years, has about the same number of goals as last year, 28 compared to 27, his assists are more than double, 19 compared to eight.

"Defenses dictate what we can do, but I don't care about scoring as long as I get every faceoff and every ground ball," he said. "The way our attack has gone, the midfield doesn't have to score. If the shot is there we'll take it, but we're looking for the open man, too."

Rabinovitz is third in the county in scoring with his 47 points.

Of last week's loss, all three players said Liberty deserved credit for its victory.

"They wanted it more than we did, took it more seriously, and then did a good job of controlling the ball," Will added "They indicated they'd be ready this time, but the way Liberty has been playing of late, will that be enough?"

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