Girls lacrosse event is ranked affair

Four top teams compete at Liberty this weekend

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April 20, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Four ranked teams, three of them unbeaten, headline one of this season's top girls lacrosse tournaments that will take place at Liberty today and tomorrow.

No. 13-ranked Glenelg plays No. 5 Bryn Mawr in a 4 p.m. game to kick off the tournament. Then, No. 7 Liberty takes on No. 11 Hereford at 6 p.m.

A consolation game will be played Saturday at 11 a.m. with the championship game at 1 p.m.

Hereford (6-0) features North Carroll transfer Kit Turnbaugh in goal, as well as defender Gina Allen, who has signed with North Carolina.

Bryn Mawr (11-0-2) ended No. 1 Mount Hebron's 54-game winning streak last week by tying the Vikings. The Mawrtians are defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champions.

Glenelg (5-0-1) went 17-3 last season, losing in the state 3A-2A-1A final to Mount Hebron. Attacker Stephanie Simpson and midfielder Erin Edell are just two of several high-profile Glenelg players.

Liberty (5-1) also lost in the state finals a year ago to Severna Park in triple overtime. The Lions, who lost to Mount de Sales on Tuesday, 9-8, were 16-3 last season and are led offensively by Meagan Voight and Becky Trumbo.

A step back?

With the addition of several talented young players from the Freedom Optimist girls lacrosse program, South Carroll is enjoying a rare winning season.

Three freshmen are playing a role in that success, but two of those three, Kelly Kasper and Lauren Schwarzmann, are slated to attend the new Century High next fall. Schwarzmann leads the team in ground balls.

Since Century will field only junior varsity teams, those two players will be forced to take a step back in their development.

Further complicating the situation, both players have older sisters who are also on the lacrosse team and are juniors.

This could be the sisters' last chance to play together unless the county decides to make an exception, as other nearby jurisdictions have done.

When Howard County opened its newest schools at River Hill and Long Reach, students with an older sibling at the feeder schools were given the choice of staying at the feeder school.

And both of those schools opened up with varsity sports, avoiding any chance of making a varsity athlete go back to playing junior varsity.

"She [Kelly] may go to Century but we hope to keep her here," Jen Kasper said of her younger sister.

Let it snow

File this under something in sports that you've likely never seen or heard before.

At the conclusion of Tuesday's girls lacrosse game between South Carroll and Westminster at South Carroll, a night game that ended in a blowing snowstorm, the Cavaliers' public address announcer took great glee in his selection of a fitting musical ending.

He selected "Let It Snow," and that merry melody filled the stadium while players scrambled as quickly as possible to grab their equipment and scoot to the warmth of automobiles or a bus.

South Carroll won the game, 16-8.

Novices can apply

South Carroll's Kim Lowry is proof positive that lacrosse is one of those sports that a talented athlete can pick up in a hurry.

Lowry, a three-sport (now four-sport) athlete who was a softball player in the spring, came out for lacrosse last season for the first time and is contributing significantly to the Cavaliers. She scored two goals against Westminster on Tuesday, boosting her point total to 12.

"Most aren't as naturally talented as Kim," Cavaliers coach Bridget Harris said. "She's a spirited asset to our team."

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