Carroll County

Girls Lacrosse

March 21, 2001|By RICK BELZ

Liberty is once again the team to beat in Carroll County girls lacrosse, although South Carroll and Westminster each have nine returning starters.

Last season, the Lions finished with a record of 16-3, having lost in the state final to Severna Park in triple overtime. They return eight starters from that team.

Juniors Becky Trumbo, Lindsay Weiner and Meagan Voight made first team All-County for the second straight season. Trumbo is an attacker. Voight and Weiner play midfield.

Other returning starters are Sara Scrivener on attack, Crystal Rivas and Laura Sue Cavey at midfield and Colleen Myers and Kelsey Withrow on defense.

Westminster had a losing season (5-8) and does not return a single first-team All-County player.

Experience should serve the Owls well, however, as every starter will have at least one year of playing time.

Coach Suzanne Peters' Owls return two of their top scorers, senior midfielders Kristen Gombeski and Caitlin Link. Two juniors attackers, Teal Jones and Shannon Finch, should also contribute offensively.

Peters considers the defense to be the team's strength. Returning are starters Liz Sexton, Alyssa Fisher and Jo O'Connell. And Lydia Eppig returns as goalkeeper.

South Carroll lost to Liberty twice and to North Carroll three times last season, but returns nine starters, including Leah Onda as an attacker. She's been one of the county's scoring leaders for the past three seasons.

Coach Bridget Harris' Cavaliers (7-8) have two other players with three years of varsity experience, including Ashley Schwarzmann on point defense and goalkeeper Sarah Petrella. Center midfielder Jen Kasper is one of the team's stronger players, Harris said.

The team's record has improved every season since Harris took over in 1998, and she hopes to continue that trend.

Francis Scott Key (3-10) returns eight starters for coach Stacie Stouffer's third-year program.

Sarah Guinn, Valarie Legg, Andria Keefer and Heather Dye return on attack. Carrie Ness and Kim Smith are back on defense. Jen Bassler and Krista Baines are back at midfield.

North Carroll (11-4) expects another winning season as coach Amy Eggars returns Megan Crisler on defense; Maria Humphries (15 goals, five assists) on attack; and Erin LaMotte (24, 26) and Katy Winemiller at midfield.

Players to watch

Leah Onda

(South Carroll, senior, attack)

Lacrosse scholarship to Hopkins

Becky Trombo

(Liberty, junior, attack)

Second-team All-Metro choice

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