With senior trio back, Owls top S. Carroll, 11-8

Returnees score 5, goalie saves 10 for Westminster

Boys lacrosse

April 21, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Last night was a homecoming of sorts for three Westminster players, and the guests of honor didn't disappoint.

Midfielder Ryan Fisher tallied a hat trick and assisted on another goal, attackman Ryan Esposito tacked on two goals and had two assists, and goalkeeper Billy Arnold's 10 saves helped blunt South Carroll's offense, leading the Owls to a thrilling 11-8 win.

The senior trio had been suspended from extracurricular activities for the first half of the season for attending a party where alcohol was present, but they showed no rust last night.

"It was adrenaline," Esposito said when asked if he was nervous before the start of the game.

Added Arnold: "I couldn't wait for the first whistle to blow and start playing."

Westminster coach Jim Peters, who watched his squad improve to 4-3 overall, 3-1 in the county, noted improvement in the team's play with the return of Fisher, Esposito, and Arnold.

"It was a good emotional lift to have those kids in there," Peters said. "They're the seniors, our leaders on this club."

The Cavaliers (4-1, 1-1) were led by hat tricks from senior midfielder Pat Wynne and junior midfielder Pete Shaffer, but junior attackman Mike Jenkins, their second-leading goal scorer, was shut out for the first time this season.

Fisher and Esposito contributed early as they helped the Owls sprint to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Fisher had an assist and two goals, including a leaping shot from the top of the crease that eluded Cavaliers goalie Matt Booz (eight saves). Esposito scored and had an assist in the run.

A key factor in the first quarter was the play of faceoff specialist Dave Robertson. The senior midfielder won five of the game's first six faceoffs, leading South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas to exclaim, "What is this guy doing to us?"

Wynne scored two of his three goals in the second quarter, and Shaffer and junior attacker Jesse Buppert (a goal and an assist) each scored, but Westminster scored three times in the second quarter for an 8-4 halftime lead.

In the second half, junior goalkeeper Jason Witte's solid work helped South Carroll as his teammates narrowed the lead to 8-6, but goals by Owls sophomore midfielder Jason Holman and Esposito gave Westminster a comfortable margin that it wouldn't relinquish.

Alisauckas, who praised his team for having "heart," credited the performance of Westminster's Big 3.

"We knew that they would be pumped," Alisauckas said. "They got their three back. The team didn't do what we wanted to do."

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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