In cold, S. Carroll warms up

Kasper sisters boost Cavs over Westminster, 16-8, amid snowy conditions

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

April 18, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

South Carroll's Jen Kasper and her freshman sister Kelly were the only players whose legs were bare during last night's unseasonably cold, windy and snowy girls lacrosse game against Westminster in Winfield.

It was Kelly Kasper's third game on varsity, and she made the most of it, assisting her sister on two of South Carroll's first three goals as the Cavaliers (5-1 overall, 3-0 county) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and then cruised to a 16-8 victory.

"We're kind of superstitious," Jen Kasper said. "We just don't like playing with anything on our legs, and we wanted to look like sisters. It's a lot of fun to play with her, and we know exactly what to expect because we play together in the yard so much. I've never played in anything like this before. It [weather] wasn't too bad until the last five minutes. Then it was hard to play."

Jen Kasper went on to score four goals and had two assists, while Kelly Kasper finished with three assists.

They were slightly overshadowed by South Carroll's perennial scoring leader for the past four seasons, Leah Onda, who finished with seven goals and one assist.

"We played well as a team," Onda said. "We made good transitions and the defense was solid, and that's what wins games. We have a lot of good people on attack this season."

Onda was a bit surprised by the final score, because both South Carroll and Westminster (2-4, 0-3) had played close games against North Carroll.

"They gave us a fight and never gave up, but we expected a close game and that's why we came out so hard," Onda said.

South Carroll outshot Westminster 45-25.

Cavaliers coach Bridget Harris was pleased that 10 of her team's 16 goals were assisted, an indication that the passing game is working well.

"It's nice to see the assists continuing and everyone got playing time," Harris said. "Our biggest improvement this season is that we are relying on each other and everyone is giving 100 percent."

She praised the play of Onda and Jen Kasper, as well as that of goalkeeper Sarah Petrella (11 saves) and defender Ashley Schwarzmann.

She said her team has never had to play in the snow before. "And it's not something I want to do again."

Shannan Finch led Westminster with three goals and Owls goalkeeper Lydia Eppig made 22 saves.

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