Liberty does Wright wrong, 18-1, wins North

Avenging Dulaney loss next for hot Lions squad

Regional girls lacrosse

High schools

May 18, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's becoming more and more clear this postseason that the only team capable of stopping No.13 Liberty in girls lacrosse is the Lions themselves.

Facing C. Milton Wright yesterday, the Carroll County power scored the game's first 18 goals and likely would have scored more if not for a second-half slowdown in an 18-1 pasting of the Mustangs in the Class 4A-3A North region final.

Liberty (15-2), which has outscored four playoff opponents, 90-9, advanced to this weekend's state semifinals at UMBC, where the Lions will face Dulaney, a 22-9 winner over Parkville. Earlier this season, Dulaney beat Liberty, 14-11.

With her team playing its best ball of the season, Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn believes the Lions may be catching Dulaney at the right time.

"We just keep improving," said Vaughn. "It's amazing, because we haven't had the competition, and now we're getting it on [in the playoffs]. We had some worry spots, but I'll tell you what, they're showing me I was wrong."

Yesterday, Becky Trumbo led the way with six goals, followed by Jessica Roguski (three goals, one assist), Meagan Voight (one, three) and Michelle Allen, Kelly Fiorani and Megan Risty (two goals each).

Perhaps even more impressive than Liberty's offense, however, was its defense, which allowed just 10 shots, and only four in the second half.

The Lions lost their bid for a shutout on a goal by the Mustangs' Page Heath with less than a minute left.

Compared to a 13-4 win over C. Milton Wright (12-6) in March, the Lions simply had their way with the Mustangs this time around.

"We've been working really hard in practice," defender Kelsey Withrow said."We know we're not going to get any better unless the defense makes the offense work harder."

For the Mustangs, who found themselves down 12-0 at halftime, the objective became simply to play hard until the end.

"You know basically that you're not going to win the game, but you just have to go out there and play with pride and dignity and don't let up," the Mustangs' Tracy McClintic said.

Said teammate Lauren Cramer: "We've been to regional finals three years in a row, so we're just pretty lucky."

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