Cavs split, earn third of title

S. Carroll, Westminster, Liberty finish tied at top

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 10, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Three's a crowd, but that's how many teams claimed a piece of the county boys lacrosse championship last night.

In a rare doubleheader of sorts, Westminster grabbed a share of the county crown with an 11-9 win against host South Carroll in the second game played in Winfield last night.

The Cavaliers maintained their grip on the title by completing an 8-3 victory that had been delayed since Friday because of lightning.

The 1-1 series split between South Carroll (7-5) and the Owls (7-5) means that both teams will have to share the championship with Liberty (7-5) because all three squads finished with 5-3 county records and split their season series against each other.

The county-champion-by-committee finish drew a mixed reaction from last night's participants.

"We really wanted a piece of it," said Westminster junior attack Kyle Zentz, who scored two goals in the Owls' win. "We thought that we lost a couple of games during the season that we could've won to get the county title outright, so this was important to us."

Said Cavaliers senior midfielder Danny Stansbury, who scored a game-high four goals and added an assist in the second game: "We really wanted to win it outright. ... We didn't want to share."

The third quarter of the second game proved pivotal. With the score tied at six, the Owls got goals from senior attack Ian Park (who had a hat trick), sophomore midfielder Ivan Allen and junior midfielder Doug Dietz to go ahead 9-6 at the start of the final period.

Westminster's defense also clamped down, allowing South Carroll just three shots during the third quarter.

In the final period, Stansbury twice whittled the lead to two but was answered by Zentz and senior midfielder Jason Duvall.

Cavaliers senior midfielder Pete Shaffer scored with 54.7 seconds left, but senior goalkeeper Greg Putman made two of his eight saves in the final 45 seconds to preserve the win and a piece of the county title for Westminster.

In the delayed first game, sophomore attack John Williams scored the only goal of the fourth quarter to seal South Carroll's share of the crown.

Owls coach Jim Peters said he was proud of his squad's persistence.

"After the 8-3 game, I told them, `Look, we can bring it for the second game,'" Peters recalled. "They had to hustle, and they did."

The Cavaliers celebrated Senior Appreciation Night for 15 seniors last night, but the euphoria was muted by the second game.

"It would've been nice," South Carroll coach John O'Meally said of winning the title outright. "We get to share the county championship, [but] we're down a little bit."

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