Westminster outdistances North Carroll

Roche goal keeps Owls in Carroll Co. hunt, 9-8

Boys lacrosse

High schools

April 28, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Long pole Westminster defenseman Brian Roche raced coast-to-coast and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 39 seconds left, stunting a North Carroll fourth-quarter rally and avenging an earlier loss to the Panthers.

The 9-8 victory left the door open for the Westminster boys lacrosse team to gain a share of the Carroll County championship with North Carroll. The Owls (7-3 overall, 5-1 county) have two league games remaining against South Carroll and Francis Scott Key. North Carroll (11-2, 6-1) has one left against Francis Scott Key.

"This was the biggest goal of my life," said Roche, who has scored one other goal this season. "No one played me. I was flying and just let it go. I knew one goal was going to determine the outcome."

Westminster coach Jim Peters said he wasn't surprised that Roche scored. "He has one of the best sticks on our team and can shoot," Peters said.

That goal put the Owls ahead 9-7. Nick Thurston scored for North Carroll with four seconds left.

The Owls led 8-2 midway through the third quarter before North Carroll mounted its comeback -- a pattern it has followed frequently this season. The Panthers scored the next five goals, including three within a minute in the fourth quarter.

"We've come back in all but three of our games," said Panthers goalie Kyle Lettau, who kept his team in the game with 12 saves. "We gave up some trash goals on rebounds. That last goal was no one's fault. We were just spread out too much and couldn't get him. We're a great team. They're a great team."

Kyle Zentz led Westminster with two goals and four assists.

"We just wanted to keep our composure, control the ball and stay out of the penalty box," Zentz said. ""We thought we could have beaten them the first time if we had stayed out of the box. We studied the game film all week and guys moved well off the ball and got into open spots. I just threw them the ball. They put it in the nets."

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