Liberty hangs tough, tops N. Carroll, 10-7 Young's first-half goals stand up for No. 14 Lions

Lacrosse

May 12, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Trish Young scored two of her three goals, as No. 14 Liberty opened a three-goal lead in the first half, then went on to a 10-7 victory over visiting North Carroll in a 3A-4A West girls lacrosse regional semifinal last night.

Liberty will play the Walt Whitman-Seneca Valley winner tomorrow (5 p.m.) at home.

Kellyn Hentz, North Carroll's county scoring leader with 53 goals, brought the No. 15 Panthers (11-3) within 8-7 with almost 17 minutes left, but it was the Panthers' last hurrah.

In a game where the intensity became more physical, the visitors saw Hentz, her sister, Lacey Hentz, and all-around standout Danielle Shearer (four goals and an assist) draw red cards, the last with nine minutes remaining. They took the offense with them.

Going in, Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn was worried simply because she remembered last year. North Carroll won the two-regular season games, then lost to Liberty in the regionals.

This season, Liberty won both games, but there was the specter of a possible upset.

Sophomore Michelle Allen scored 11 seconds into the game, and there were ties at 1-1 and 2-2, before Young helped open a lead the Lions did not relinquish.

Sophomore Jessica Roguski took charge of the Liberty scoring in the second half, getting all three goals for a game total of four.

"We knew we needed to take care of the ball," said Young, a junior midfielder. "They're physical, but we hung in there and kept our composure."

Vaughn cited an improved defense as one of the keys to her team's win. "That part has been getting stronger. They're now to the point where they can get set and take a charge," she said.

Led by co-captain Jen Berarducci, a junior, the Lions' defense was equal to the task.

Teammate Cara McConville (three goals in last Saturday's regional) had another solid game, scrambling for groundballs and forcing plays to the outside.

North Carroll coach Denean Koontz said, "I thought both teams were aggressive. It's just that they have a lot of speed. And then we had some dry spells. It hurt to lose our scorers, too, because they do more than just score."

Boys

Liberty 14, Westminster 6: Mike Pearsall scored the first of his four goals just nine seconds into the game, setting the tone for a Liberty (10-5) assault that dominated a team it had lost to twice during the regular season, each time by two goals.

Billy Arnold, the goalkeeper for Westminster (11-4) and rival Brice Sauers were outstanding with 20 and 15 saves, respectively.

"We let them run," said Liberty coach Sal Picataggi, who will play host to South Carroll in the regional final tomorrow at 7 p.m. "And when they get it going, they can run with anybody."

South Carroll 11, Seneca Valley 3: Led by Rob Onda's three goals the host Cavaliers (13-4) defeated the Screaming Eagles (9-4) in a 3A-4A West semifinal.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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