North Carroll takes advantage of Westminster

No. 11 Panthers utilize man-up situations, win, 8-7

Boys lacrosse

High schools

April 11, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

North Carroll's boys lacrosse team enjoys a good rally almost as much as a victory over Westminster.

Last night in Hampstead, the No. 11-ranked Panthers (7-0) enjoyed both, nipping the Owls, 8-7, in a rugged, penalty-strewn contest to stay unbeaten.

"We've been working for this one the whole season," said attackman Nick Thurston, who scored three goals - two of them during the most crucial stretch of the game.

Thurston's goal with 1:57 left in the second period and North Carroll two men up tied it, 4-4, and 13 seconds later, he put the still one-man-up Panthers ahead, 5-4.

The Panthers scored four of their eight goals while enjoying an advantage. Jamie Masimore assisted on both those key Thurston goals, and he had three assists and two goals.

North Carroll looked like anything but a winner in the first quarter that Westminster (3-2) dominated off slick passing and shooting from Jason Holman and Kyle Zentz.

Zentz scored three goals and had two assists, and his final goal with 5:20 to play pulled the Owls within two goals, at 8-6.

Dave Van Leeuwen made it 8-7 with 4:27 to go before North Carroll managed to run out the clock.

Panthers goalkeeper Kyle Lettau played a crucial role with 14 saves.

"This was just like the Glenelg game when they went up 6-2 and we came back to win it," Lettau said. "Passing, offense and clears were the keys for us tonight."

The Owls led 3-0 after one quarter, and went up 4-0 early in the second quarter.

The Panthers enjoyed a two-man advantage twice in the second quarter.

"We had 11 minutes of penalties and you can't play a quality team down for a quarter of the game and expect to win," Westminster coach Jim Peters said.

Panthers coach John Piper said his team has come from behind in all but three games. "They don't worry about being down. We just worry about playing hard and fundamentals. I think we win a lot of games in practice because our bench pushes the first team so hard."

He wasn't surprised by the many penalties.

"The refs called it tight tonight because they knew it's be a rough game and didn't want it to get out of hand," he said.

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