Panthers start over, finish off Owls, 18-4

No. 14 North Carroll bounces back from loss

Girls lacrosse

April 14, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For No. 14-ranked North Carroll, last night's game against Westminster was about new beginnings.

For the host Owls, that meant a quick end.

Playing their first game since last Thursday's blowout loss to Liberty, the Panthers scored four goals in the opening three minutes, building a seven-goal lead in the first half en route to an 18-4 win.

Led by All-County attackers Kellyn Hentz (seven goals, one assist) and Danielle Shearer (three, one), as well as attacker Sarah Redmer (four goals), North Carroll (4-1, 2-1 county) wasn't about to miss a prime chance to erase five days worth of bad feelings.

"It was kind of tough mentally," Hentz said of last week's 10-2 loss to Liberty, in which she did not score for the first time this season. "Coming into this game we knew we had to step up. We were kind of moping around about [the loss], but now we know we have the ability."

The Panthers won 15 of 22 draws and outshot the Owls, 32-21, including 15-5 in the second half. All told, eight North Carroll players had at least a goal or assist.

"It was nice to see our scoring more spread out. We got a lot more people involved on attack," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "Then our goalie and our defense both came up huge."

Panthers goalie Kitt Turnbaugh, a freshman, finished with nine saves, including eight in the first half when they outshot Westminster (2-3, 0-2) by only a 17-16 margin yet led 8-2 at the break.

"We had our opportunities, but we didn't play well and we didn't take [advantage] of them," said Westminster coach Suzanne Peters. "I'm not pleased with the way my team played. I'm not pleased with a lot of things that were going on out there."

North Carroll led from the outset, building a 6-0 lead before Jessica Holman put Westminster on the board with a solo effort 4: 47 before halftime. North Carroll's Redmer and Hentz then scored consecutive goals to extend the lead to 8-1 before the Owls' Claire Panek scored to cut the lead to six by halftime.

The second half, however, belonged to North Carroll, as the Panthers scored 10 of the first 11 goals to extend their lead to 18-3.

Hentz said the game helped erase some of the bitter memories of Thursday's loss. She also said the Panthers expect a different outcome when they meet Liberty again on April 27.

"We really thought we had a chance this year, but we play them again so you never know," said Hentz.

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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