Liberty downs Dulaney, 14-6

Lions to face Severna Park in 4A-3A championship

Girls lacrosse state semifinals

May 21, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughn said her team bears little resemblance to the one that opened its season with a loss to Dulaney.

In last night's Class 4A-3A state semifinals at UMBC, the Carroll County power showed just how far it has come.

Michelle Allen scored four goals to go along with three each from Meagan Voight and Jessica Roguski, as No.13 Liberty jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 14-6 win over No.12 Dulaney.

The Lions (16-2) advance to Tuesday's 6 p.m. championship game against Severna Park, a 20-2 winner over Whitman in the other semifinal.

The primary difference between the win and Liberty's earlier 14-11 loss was the play of Roguski, who handles the team's draws. After winning just eight of 25 in the first meeting, the Vanderbilt-bound senior won 14 of 22, helping Liberty dominate time of possession."I was reminded constantly that it would come down to faceoffs," Roguski said. "I tried to change the style I was using so I could pull [the ball] my way. We had something to prove today."

Nearly as important as what Liberty got, however, was what Dulaney (13-3) didn't get.

After falling behind 6-1, the Baltimore County team had one goal taken away for having too many players on the field, then two more early in the second half for an illegal stick and being offside.

The latter two were especially critical, since Dulaney had rallied to cut the lead to 9-5 with more than 20 minutes left, and would have made it a two-goal game."That was huge," said Dulaney coach Franz Wittelsberger. "We were cutting into that lead, and then they took away those goals. As it was, we were stuck on five."

To stop Dulaney on offense, Liberty used midfielder Laura Sue Cavey against leading scorer Lauren Wittelsberger, having her face-guard the explosive junior the entire way.

Though she finished with three goals, two came off free positions, and she was rarely a factor."We figured that if we could just shut her down, our odds would be even better, so we totally took Laura Sue out of the game and had her worry about nothing but Lauren," Vaughn said.

Liberty controlled the game from the outset, with Roguski winning draws, and Allen, Becky Trumbo and Voight driving downfield and converting on the offensive end.

Liberty took a 3-0 lead after the first 2:01, scoring all of its goals in a 43-second outburst, with Allen getting two.

Severna Park 20, Whitman 2: With the hard part seemingly out of the way, Severna Park wasn't taking any chances at UMBC Stadium.

After knocking out two-time defending state champ Annapolis on Wednesday, the No.4 Falcons came back with a steady stream of goals in a convincing win over Whitman in a Class 4A-3A state semifinal.

Severna Park (17-3) won four straight state titles, starting in 1990, and was making its first state playoff appearance since 1997.

After their 13-10 win over Anne Arundel county-rival Annapolis to stake their claim to the demanding East Region, the Falcons were set on avoiding any letdown in state play.

It showed.

With far more skills, speed and experience, they simply overwhelmed West region champ Whitman (15-4) from Montgomery County by scoring the game's first seven goals and taking a 13-1 lead at the half.

"They knew what they've come here for and did a nice job of staying motivated and being aggressive and working on the things they need to, particularly playing on the AstroTurf," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson.

Jen Cielewich, Nicki Barnes and Holly Noga all scored three goals; Meg Miller, Kate Hickman and Krista Fisher added two, and the Falcons made a bold statement as to who the team to beat is come Tuesday.

"We know we have to come out every game now pumped up like it may be our last," said Cielewich, a senior midfielder.

Girls lacrosse

State finals

(At UMBC)

Class 4A-3A

Severna Park vs. Liberty

Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Class 3A-2A-1A, Glenelg vs. Mount Hebron Wednesday, 8 p.m.

State semifinals

(At UMBC)

Yesterday's results Class

4A-3A

Severna Park 20, Whitman 2

Liberty 14, Dulaney 6 Class 3A-2A-1A

Glenelg 15, Kent County 8

Friday's results

Class 3A-2A-1A

Mt. Hebron 20, Hereford 8

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