Westminster too strong for Key

Murk's five goals help Owls rebound from loss and roll to 16-6 victory

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 13, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Westminster's superior depth, speed and stick skills wore down Francis Scott Key last night, enabling the Owls to dominate the Eagles in a Carroll County league game, 16-6.

Joe Murk scored five goals for the visiting Owls (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the county), and Jason Holman added three goals and had two assists. Kyle Zentz contributed two goals and also had two assists.

The Eagles (2-3, 0-3) wasted an outstanding performance by their goalkeeper, Kevin Vanderlinden, who made 23 saves.

The Owls rebounded strongly from Tuesday's defeat at North Carroll, when 11 penalty minutes played a crucial role in that loss.

"Our major goal tonight was to stay out of the penalty box," Owls coach Jim Peters said. "We had six penalty minutes, so we cut it in half, but that's still too many."

Peters said his team didn't take the Eagles lightly, remembering a 10-7 defeat at their hands last season.

"They have some talent and a good keeper and we knew they could play," Peters said.

Francis Scott Key did hang with the Owls for the first period, trailing only 5-3, and then slicing it to 5-4 on a goal by Russell Franks early in the second period.

But the Owls, employing three strong midfields, began wearing down the Eagles and reeled off five unanswered goals, two by Zentz.

"We knew the humidity would be a factor and we wouldn't be able to run as much, so we worked on ball control," said Eagles coach Carroll Seiler, whose team was outshot 42-22. "Fatigue finally set in."

Westminster possessed superior speed that forced the Francis Scott Key defense to stay back and play tentatively.

"Their defense showed a lot of hustle and they are all good athletes, but they were slow to slide," Holman said.

Seiler said: "We talked about how fast they [Owls] were. But we need to throw and catch better. We're young and need to work on fundamentals."

Seiler was impressed with Vanderlinden's performance.

"It was the best he's looked all season," Seiler said. "He kept it close compared to what it could have been, because they really peppered him."

Said Vanderlinden: "I knew I'd have to step up because Westminster is a big, high-quality team with excellent shot placement.

"This was the most saves I've ever had," said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore. "I was especially looking out for Holman because he's very fast and has a very accurate shot. I was also looking for Zentz."

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