Buppert-led South Carroll dumps Westminster, 14-7

Senior with torn ACL scores 5, Stansbury 3

Boys lacrosse

May 12, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Jesse Buppert didn't let a nagging injury or the Westminster boys lacrosse team bother him.

The senior attackman scored four of his game-high five goals in the second half to lead South Carroll to a 14-7 rout of the visiting Owls in a first-round Class 4A-3A North regional contest in Winfield last night.

Senior midfielder Danny Stansbury chipped in a hat trick and two assists, and senior attackman Pete Shaffer recorded two goals and three assists as the Cavaliers (8-5) avenged an 11-9 loss to Westminster on Tuesday that allowed the Owls (7-6) to grab a share of the county title with South Carroll and Liberty.

The Cavaliers will next visit Howard County's River Hill, which defeated North Carroll, 17-0.

Buppert has been playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the past three weeks. The injury has limited Buppert, a deceptively mobile player who liked to roam behind the cage, to anchoring himself near the crease for goals.

"Before, I handled the ball and dished it off," he said. "With my knee, I can't carry the ball. I'm just trying to contribute [what] I can."

Buppert's insistence on playing has impressed Cavaliers coach John O'Meally. "I have trouble pulling him off the field, because he plays with a lot of heart and intensity," O'Meally said.

Last night, those qualities were on display again. With Westminster enjoying a 5-4 lead at the half, Buppert snatched a loose ball in mid-air and fired it past Owls senior goalkeeper Greg Putman (nine saves) just 29 seconds into the third quarter.

Only 17 more seconds elapsed, when senior defender Robert Symonds scored off a nice feed from senior attackman Kyle Koslowski (two goals) to regain the one-goal edge for Westminster.

But South Carroll responded by scoring the next nine goals in a 16:59 duration that spanned the third and fourth quarters. During the run, Buppert scored three times, Shaffer twice, and Stansbury, senior attack Mike Jenkins, senior midfielder Joe Richardson, and senior defender Chris Palmer each contributing a goal.

Owls sophomore midfielder Ivan Allen ended the binge with a goal with 14.3 seconds left, but the Cavaliers defense in front of senior goalkeeper Jason Witte (nine saves) kept Westminster at bay.

Shaffer said the team used a "motivational talk" from O'Meally to sharpen their offensive attack.

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