S. Carroll slips by Liberty, 7-6

Cavaliers' 3rd straight sets up county title game against Westminster

Boys lacrosse

May 05, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Last night's game between Liberty and South Carroll had more than bragging rights on the line.

For the Cavaliers, a win would set up a county-title showdown against Westminster, but a loss would hand the crown to the Owls.

Down 5-4 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter, South Carroll scored the next three goals and tightened its defense to nip the Lions, 7-6, in Sykesville.

The win was the third in a row for the Cavaliers, who haven't lost since April 20 to -- guess who? -- Westminster.

South Carroll (8-2, 5-1 league) will host the Owls (7-3, 5-1) Friday. Westminster beat Francis Scott Key, 15-7, last night.

"To be honest, we haven't mentioned one word about Westminster," said Cavaliers coach Jeff Alisauckas. "If we hadn't gotten past this game, Westminister would have been just another game."

Senior midfielder Pat Wynne, who scored two goals -- including the eventual game-winner -- said some of the players may have looked ahead to the Owls.

"There was some concern, but we knew that we had to get past Liberty first," he said. "Beating Liberty is sweet, because we've got bragging rights."

After Lions sophomore attackman Steve Freedman scored a man-advantage goal 3: 01 into the first quarter, it took just seven seconds for South Carroll junior attackman Jesse Buppert to even the score.

More than two minutes later, junior midfielder Pete Shaffer rifled a shot from the left wing past Liberty junior goalkeeper Kevin Schreiner (eight saves) to give the Cavaliers a 2-1 edge.

Then it became the Sean Donahue show as the Lions senior midfielder scored three of his four goals during a five-minute stretch spanning the first and second quarters.

But Shaffer juked a Liberty defender and bounced a shot inside the left post with 2: 40 to go in the second quarter and fed Wynne on the left wing for another goal to even the score for South Carroll at halftime at four.

Liberty sophomore midfielder Eric Williston scored the third quarter's only goal, taking a pass in front of junior goalie Jason Witte and beating him for a 5-4 lead.

The Cavaliers roared back as sophomore attackman Anthony Aschenbrenner doled out one of his two assists on a goal by junior attackman Derek Clark 24 seconds into the fourth quarter and then scored nearly three minutes later to make it 6-5, South Carroll.

Wynne added another with 1: 49 left, but Liberty's Donahue bounced a shot into the top left corner 64 seconds later to cut the lead to one. The Cavaliers won the faceoff and ran out the clock to seal the win.

Lions coach Sal Picataggi, whose squad fell to 4-5 (1-4 in the league), praised his players for their effort.

"We're at the point right now where we're getting ready for the playoffs and the future," Picataggi said. "I had hoped for a little more offense in the second half, but I thought we played great."

Pub Date: 5/05/99

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