Westminster routs Oakland Mills

Owls tune up for duel vs. Liberty by rolling, 17-6

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 28, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Westminster coach Suzanne Peters called yesterday's 17-6 victory at Oakland Mills a "confidence-builder" as the Owls head toward next Tuesday's showdown with Liberty.

And senior midfielder Kristen Gombeski, who scored four goals, added one assist, and had seven draw controls and seven groundball controls, sounded like someone who is not afraid of facing the Lions, a perennial Carroll County power.

"We have a lot of confidence this year," Gombeski said. "Our goal is to win the county title. We beat Liberty by one goal the last game of the season my freshman year, something I'll always remember."

Gombeski teamed with Caitlin Link to lead the domination of Oakland Mills, not one of Howard County's tougher teams. Link scored four goals and had six groundball controls.

"A lot of people got assists today. It was definitely a team effort," Link said. "We tried out some new plays on offense."

The Owls (2-1) started yesterday's game still stinging from a 10-6 loss to River Hill the day before, and determined to make up for it.

"We were flat that first half against River Hill because our bus showed up late and we arrived right at game time," said Peters. "We outscored them 5-4 in the second half."

Westminster wasted no time scoring yesterday, however, and led 10-3 at halftime. The Owls showed superior stick skills, moving the ball with ease into scoring position.

"We're working much better together as a team than we did last season," said Peters. "This team worked more in the off-season than any other team I've had, playing fall ball and doing seven-on-seven tournaments. It's still a young team with just five seniors."

Gombeski is encouraged by the amount of team unity.

"Everyone picks each other up," she said.

Jessica Shelton also had a good day for the Owls scoring two goals and adding two assists.

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