Liberty routs Magruder, gets North Carroll next Balanced Lions get goals from 12 players, roll, 22-6

Girls lacrosse

May 10, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

How dominant was No. 14 Liberty in the 22-6 victory it scored over visiting Magruder yesterday in a Class 3A-4A West Region quarterfinal? Consider the following:

Twelve players combined to score the team's 22 goals.

Liberty (12-3) outshot Magruder, 45-12, and scored on its first two shots, and three times in the first 1: 47 of the game.

Magruder (8-4) never could score back-to-back goals or keep up with the Liberty quickness, speed and stickwork.

The Lions, who now play host to North Carroll tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the region semifinal thanks to the Panthers' 7-4 victory over Westminster yesterday, controlled every phase of this game.

"They were just [able] to get away from the defense, consequently we had a hard time," said Magruder coach Stacy Anne Stets. "It's very different once you get out of Montgomery County."

Michelle Allen had three goals and two assists for Liberty while teammate Jessica Roguski added three goals and one assist. Cara McConville scored three times, and Emilie Johnson, Kelly Shabinaw, Krista O'Brien and Amy Pagels each had two goals.

The Lions gave the Colonels fits with their work near the goal. Liberty players repeatedly lost Magruder defenders with sharp cuts near the cage. The quick cuts often left the Lions wide open for passes and easy shots.

Liberty also used its speed to race past Magruder defenders. The team's depth helped as coach Courtney Vaughn was able to empty the bench starting early in the second half and give playing time to a number of players -- while continuing to wear down the Colonels.

"This might be the best team I've ever coached," said Vaughn. 'They're in the best shape of any team I've ever coached. We have speed to begin with plus we're in shape and we have depth."

That proved a potent combination in this game. Trish Young (one goal, one assist) scored on the game's first shot just 17 seconds in, and Shabinaw followed with a goal off a free-position shot 1: 25 into the game. Allison Pohlit made it 3-0 only 22 seconds later, and the rout was on for Liberty.

Vaughn knew before the game that North Carroll had won, but didn't tell her team until halftime for fear that the Lions might look past Magruder, who got three goals from Melanie Esders. The Panthers and Lions have truly stepped up their rivalry in the past two years.

North Carroll beat Liberty twice last year to win the county title, but the Lions bounced back to upset the Panthers in the region playoff game. This year, Liberty scored two wins over North Carroll in the regular season for its county title, and the players already had the Panthers on their mind minutes after disposing of Magruder.

The Lions rolled over Churchill, 10-2, in the opening round and weren't tested in this game, and the players hope to be sharp tomorrow night.

"We're in the same position they were in last year," said McConville. "It will be a game of hearts."

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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