`Kyle' connection fires Westminster

Koslowski, Zentz lead 14-9 victory over Franklin

Boys lacrosse

High Schoools

March 31, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Westminster boys lacrosse team no longer has the Ryans, but it still has the Kyles.

Powered by junior attack Kyle Zentz's two goals and five assists and senior attack Kyle Koslowski's hat trick and an assist, the Owls outraced visiting Franklin, 14-9, in Westminster last night.

With the victory, Westminster improved to 2-0. The Indians of Baltimore County dropped to 0-3.

Last season, the Owls relied on Ryan Esposito and Ryan Fisher to score goals. With those two having graduated, Zentz and Koslowski have stepped up as Westminster looks to get to the Class 4A-3A state semifinals again.

"We definitely put the pressure on ourselves to step up," said Zentz, who included senior attack Ian Park (five goals last night) as a key third member of the attack. "We push each other as a team to work for [the state tournament]."

For Owls coach Jim Peters, watching Koslowski, Park and Zentz assume leadership positions has been an off-season goal.

"Kyle [Koslowski] and Ian are seniors, and Kyle [Zentz] played last year as a sophomore," Peters said. "We look for those guys to control the ball for us offensively."

Unlike the team's 11-9 win against Atholton last Friday, Westminster quickly found its rhythm against Franklin, a team that had advanced last season to the Class 2A-1A West championship before losing to Towson.

After gaining a 2-1 lead in the first quarter, the Owls went on a 7-2 run in the second period and at one point had scored five goals in a span of 4: 04.

Koslowski said Westminster took advantage of its ability to touch-pass the ball during fast-break situations.

"We tend to do better when the ball is moving fast in unsettled situations," Koslowski said after the game. "The ball movement was fast paced, and we were cutting and finding the open man."

Down 9-3 at the half, Franklin coach Earl Deickman pulled senior goalkeeper Sean Norris (five saves) from the cage in favor of sophomore Steve Brown.

The strategy did little to stop the Owls, who led by as many as eight goals in the third quarter. Zentz, who frequently worked behind the net, consistently drew Indian defenders and passed to Park, Koslowski, or junior midfielder Doug Dietz (three goals and an assist) for easy scores.

With Westminster holding onto a 13-5 lead with 6: 44 left in the fourth quarter, Franklin staged a rally by scoring four consecutive goals in a 4: 11 span. Senior attack Zach Bolster scored two of his team-high five goals during the run.

But Dietz's blast from the left wing with 69 seconds left in the game sealed it for the Owls.

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