The Liberty girls lacrosse team is at it again.
The 11th-ranked Lions, who made a habit of blowing out county opponents last season on their run to the Class 4A-3A state title game, resumed county play last night with a familiar result, getting six goals from sophomore Becky Trumbo and five from senior Jessica Roguski in a 23-4 pasting of host Westminster.
Following a season-opening 14-11 loss to perennial Baltimore County power Dulaney, the Lions (3-1 overall, 1-0 county) have been on a roll, outscoring their past three opponents, 65-9.
"Out first game was really shaky because we didn't have any scrimmages, but I think we just needed to get our confidence back," said Trumbo, whose team had been rained out of both scheduled scrimmages. "We worked hard in practice to get back to where we needed to be."
This one was their's from the opening draw.
Lindsay Weiner's goal off a feed from Meagan Voight 3: 50 into the game started an offensive barrage for the Lions that would see them take a 15-0 lead into the break.
Comfortably ahead, Liberty then spent much of the second half working on diagrammed plays. While nearly unstoppable in transition, the team has struggled at times this season in its set offense.
Weiner and Michelle Allen each added three goals for the victors, while Sarah Scrivener added two.
Offense aside, however, coach Courtney Vaughn said she has been most impressed with what her team has accomplished on the defensive end. The young Lions defense, which returns only one starter, senior Cara McConville, and features a sophomore goalie in Kim Hastings, went the first 28: 10 without allowing a goal before Westminster's Caitlin Link scored on a free position.
"I think the defense has been playing exceptional with their slides," said Vaughn, whose team has allowed just nine goals in its past three games heading into today's contest against rival North Carroll. "That's what we've been really focusing on in practice -- sliding on defense."
Senior Rebecca Beninghove led the Owls (2-3, 0-1) with a pair of goals.