Westminster scores quickly, turns back South Carroll

3 goals each by Fisher, Holman lead Owls, 14-9

Boys lacrosse

May 08, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Westminster sure knows how to spoil a party.

On a night when South Carroll honored its seniors and the parents of every lacrosse player on the varsity and JV squads, the Owls took advantage of some quick goals and blunted a furious rally in the third quarter to defeat the Cavaliers, 14-9, in Sykesville last night.

Senior midfielder Ryan Fisher and sophomore midfielder Jason Holman each contributed a hat trick and two assists to help Westminster improve to 8-3 overall, 6-1 in the county.

Junior midfielder Pete Shaffer, who scored twice and had an assist, led South Carroll (8-3, 5-2).

The win clinched the second Carroll County title in three years for the Owls, who beat the second-place Cavaliers April 20. But Westminster coach Jim Peters refused to overlook his team's game Tuesday against Liberty.

"We haven't won anything yet," he said. "We have Liberty on Tuesday, so we have not won a thing."

The atmosphere mirrored that of a playoff game as supporters on both sides screamed and stomped on the aluminum stands for much of the game.

"It's a big rivalry," said Holman, whose teammates mobbed senior goalkeeper Billy Arnold (18 saves) at game's end. "It's always intense between these two teams."

South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas, whose team played without midfielder Danny Stansbury (14 goals, nine assists) because of an injured right shoulder, praised his players.

"I thought we played the best game of our season," Alisauckas said. "But give credit to Westminster. They're a very good team."

In the first quarter, the Owls matched both Cavaliers goals with two of their own. Then, down 4-2, South Carroll's Shaffer fed senior midfielder Pat Wynne in front of the net, and he slipped the ball past Arnold to cut the lead to one.

Westminster, however, scored five of the next seven goals -- two in 10 seconds -- to enter halftime up 9-5.

After Holman blistered a shot over South Carroll junior goalie Jason Witte's head to make it a five-goal lead, the Cavaliers scored the next three goals over two minutes, making the score 10-8 and creating a foot-stamping frenzy.

Nine seconds later, at the 4: 41 mark, Fisher picked up a loose ball after a faceoff and passed it to senior attackman Ryan Esposito, who scored from about 20 feet for an 11-8 lead.

Although Shaffer scored his second goal of the night 1: 03 into the fourth quarter to cut the advantage to two, the Owls ended South Carroll's hopes by scoring three more times.

Pub Date: 5/08/99

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