Trumbo helps Liberty cruise past Westminster, 14-3

Junior attack's 5 goals spark blowout, enable Lions to improve to 3-0

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 04, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Liberty's Becky Trumbo usually doesn't need any extra motivation to get herself fired up for a game. She's a hard-nosed, high-level junior whose speed and elusiveness makes her tough to defend on attack.

In yesterday's game against Westminster, however, she seemed to have a little extra spark. She collected five goals - she scored on five of her seven shots - and had two assists in a 14-3 victory.

Teammate Meagan Voight scored four goals - also on seven shots - and had one assist.

"We were fired up because of what they said in the newspaper last week about wanting to beat us for the county championship," Trumbo said. "We weren't going to let it happen."

No. 8-ranked Liberty (3-0) scored three times in the first five minutes, and built a 7-0 lead by halftime with a combination of a high-powered transition game, an aggressive defense and almost total control of the draws.

"We worked a lot in practice on cutting back to the ball and were able to get our transition going much better today," Trumbo said.

While the host Lions excelled in transition, sometimes stringing together four or five passes before shooting, Westminster (2-2) struggled with its passing.

"We were tentative on attack in the first half," Owls coach Suzanne Peters said. "It was hard to get our transition going."

Peters was happy, though, that her team was able to shut out the Lions for the last 11 minutes of the first half.

Trumbo said that it wasn't Westminster's defense that stopped them.

"We worked on stalling and slowing it down at the end of the first half, something we had problems with against Dulaney," Trumbo said.

Liberty led 9-0 before Westminster finally scored with 20:37 left to play on a goal by Caitlin Link. Angel Aversa added another Westminster goal six minutes later to make it 9-2, before Liberty unleashed a blitz of three goals in 33 seconds.

Linda Ackerman and Linda Weiner each scored two goals for Liberty. Weiner had five ground balls, three draw controls and scored on two of her three shots.

Kelsey Withrow had four ground ball controls and several nice takeaways.

Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn thought her team could have shot more accurately. The Lions outshot Westminster, 29-14.

"Westminster always comes ready to play," Vaughn said. "I was just happy that all 22 of my kids got to play."

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