Owls tell N. Carroll its run is over

Westminster takes region, 15-4

2 have hat tricks

Class 3A-4A boys lacrosse

May 20, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The clock struck midnight came for North Carroll.

Westminster ended the Panthers' Cinderella-like run by putting on a scoring clinic and routing visiting North Carroll, 15-4, for the Class 3A-4A West region championship in Westminster last night.

The Owls dominated every facet of the game -- outhustling the Panthers to ground balls, 39-27, outshooting them, 35-20, as well as outscoring them.

Owls senior attackman Ryan Esposito led the way with a hat trick and two assists, and junior attack Ian Park also had a hat trick to go with one assist.

Westminster, which improved to 14-4, will meet Fallston, the Class 3A-4A North champ, on Saturday at UMBC Stadium in a state semifinal.

North Carroll ended its season at 9-7 but not without winning respect along the way.

After enduring a 0-13 season last spring, the Panthers surprised many opponents and knocked off traditional county powerhouses Liberty and South Carroll. North Carroll defeated the Cavaliers, 9-7, on Tuesday to face the Owls.

"The guys have played extremely well this season," said Panthers coach David Dodson. "You can't allow this loss in the regional final to take away from anything you've done."

Some Westminster players said they were concerned about North Carroll.

"We all made sure that we were concentrating on today's game," Park said. "We couldn't overlook those guys."

The Panthers opened the scoring when freshman attack Nick Thurston bounced a shot from the right wing into the top left corner with 3: 07 left in the first quarter.

But for the rest of the first half and half of the third quarter, Westminster demonstrated its quick-strike scoring ability. The Owls scored eight unanswered goals -- including three in a span of 1: 48 in the second quarter -- to stake them to an 8-1 lead.

Westminster coach Jim Peters said the only thing he told his team was to wait for the right moment to attack.

"We had to put the pressure on them," he said. "We were patient, because we knew that we had the skills to pull away from them."

Defense was also a key as the Owls defense sagged towards the ball and kept it out of the playmaking hands of North Carroll junior attack Zach Crisler (only one goal) and Thurston (one goal and no assists).

"Coach told us to lock down on their men and play good positioning defense," senior defenseman Josh Ries said. "That's our basic game."

The Panthers attempted to put a dent in the lead, but Westminster proved to have too many weapons, scoring bunches of goals every time North Carroll scored a single goal.

Finally, with a few minutes left in the game, Dodson pulled most of his starters, including sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Lettau (12 saves).

Dodson said he was not surprised at how far his squad advanced in the playoffs.

"Anytime you play, you play to win. My job is to prepare them to win," he said. "If it's this far, it's a plus."

Queen Anne's 7, No. 14 South River 6: Tom Simpler scored the winning goal with two seconds left after holding the ball for the final four minutes. South River held a 5-3 halftime lead, before Queen Anne tied the game early in the third. South River held a one-goal lead in the fourth quarter before Queen Ane scored the final two goals.

Dulaney 16, Eastern Tech 5: Junior Brett Barrow had four goals and three assists, while Mike Obringer added three more goals, to pace the Lions (12-3) to the Class 3A-4A South title. Dulaney outscored Eastern Tech 10-2 in the second half.

Towson 9, Franklin 8. The Generals (12-3) ran up a 6-2 halftime lead and held on, despite not scoring a goal in the fourth quarter, to edge the Indians for the Class 1A-2A West championship. With Towson leading 9-3, the Indians went on a 5-0 run beginning with 54 seconds left in the third quarter and ending on John Schuster's goal with 5: 57 left in the game. The Generals, state finalists last year, got two goals and an assist from Gavin Kimball and six saves from Jesse Markowitz.

Hereford 15, Edgewood 6: The Bulls (14-2) won their 13th straight game with the win over Edgewood in the Class 1A-2A North final. Luke Gilbert had five goals and added two assists for Hereford, which outscored the Rams 5-1 in the second quarter.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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